UCF | History Department

The History Department at the University of Central Florida offers students an excellent opportunity to cultivate analytical, reading, and writing skills while enhancing their knowledge of history and its role in today's society. Students interested in the professions of law, education, library sciences, public history, international affairs, and public policy will find in history a valuable and rewarding learning experience. The UCF History Department is also home to the Florida Historical Quarterly.

Public History

The Department of History is expanding its Public History program to focus on new media and cultural heritage management—areas that build on the strength of UCF's location in the greater Orlando metropolitan area. Our first priority is to bring new energy to our M.A. program by turning our public history track into a stand-alone master's degree. In addition, we are infusing our undergraduate program with hands-on, publicly engaged research opportunities. [Read More]

A Great Minor for History Students

The Middle Eastern Studies Minor at UCF is a great option for history students who have an interest in international affairs. Students who are interested in marketing themselves for international companies or graduate school would greatly benefit from minoring in Middle Eastern Studies. The minor has no prerequisite and only 18 credit hours to complete. For more information, please explore the Middle Eastern Studies Department page or contact Dr. Hakan Ozoglu at hakan@ucf.edu.

Civil Rights Programming

The University of Central Florida History Department’s Public History program is proud to host Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963, a traveling exhibition developed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in further collaboration with the American Library Association.  The traveling exhibition and related public programs will help public audiences understand and discuss the relationship between two great peoples’ movements that resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and the March on Washington in 1963. Learn about upcoming programs and exhibit tours here: https://ucfchangingamericablog.wordpress.com



Changing America Exhibit

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

RICHES presents Oral History Workshops

Wednesday, October 5, 2016; 3:30pm - 5:45pm

How to Apply to Graduate School Workshop

Tuesday, October 11, 2016; 4:00pm - 5:00pm

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September 28, 2016

photoHow UCF Public History Students are Changing America One Exhibit at a Time Graduate students in Dr. Scot French’s Introduction to Public History colloquium are exploring the challenges of interpreting and displaying “difficult history” in museums, historic sites, and other public settings. [Read More]

September 8, 2016

photoJoining WKMG-TV Channel 6 Reporter Mike DeForest live on air, Dr. James Clark shared political commentary on Tuesday, August 30 as the Primary Election results were totaled. Dr. Clark serves as a trusted resource providing insight as a Florida historian, who is well-versed in the state’s rich heritage. [Read More]

September 7, 2016

photoHow did Maitland's Lewis Lawrence (1806-1886), a wealthy white businessman and philanthropist from upstate New York, become friend and patron to the historic black township of Eatonville, Florida (est. [Read More]

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Recent Faculty Publications

Luis Martínez-Fernández, Ph.D.

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Revolutionary Cuba: A History. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014; eBook edition by Florida Scholarship Online, 2015; updated paperback edition, 2016.

Amelia Lyons, Ph.D.

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History Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
Phone: 407-823-2225 • Fax: 407-823-3184 • E-mail: history@ucf.edu