Our department explores world history from the medieval through the present period, stressing a diverse, student-oriented education. Our outstanding faculty challenges students of all academic levels to scrutinize the past, to question mainstream ideas, and to become experienced orators and writers. These analytical and rhetorical skills transfer to all kinds of professions, so our current and former students can be found in fields as varied as teaching, museum curating, editing, lobbying, and journalism.
Our undergraduate courses cover a range of global cultures, events, and themes—from medieval warfare to the war in Vietnam, from early monasticism to sexual revolutions, from technology to food. Our rigorous and selective graduate program centers on two major areas: medieval and modern (1485–Present) history.
The History Department welcomes Dr. Magda Teter, who will come to Fordham in the fall as the first holder of the Shvidler Chair in Jewish Studies. Dr. Teter is a leader in the fields of early modern Polish-Jewish history and Catholic-Jewish relations, and has served as co-editor of AJS Review, the journal of the Association for Jewish Studies. She is now working on a book about Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jewish reactions to the blood libel in early modern Europe. Dr. Teter will bring a tremendous amount of knowledge and energy to History and to Jewish Studies at Fordham!