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Welcome to the University of Oregon History Department! We are twenty-five scholars and teachers with a passion for understanding the past in all its dimensions. Our distinguished and innovative faculty offers courses and conducts research on the history of classical antiquity, Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, colonial North America and the United States, and the world as a whole.

Undergraduate history majors learn about the variety of human experience over time and, along the way, acquire analytical and writing skills that prepare them for success in many different areas of work and study. History graduate students become immersed in the latest scholarship and develop research projects that contribute in significant ways to an understanding of the past. They play a vital role in the department’s teaching mission as well.

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Remembering Mavis Mate (1933-2016)

On October 20, we lost a dear former colleague, Mavis Mate, who taught for most of her career at the University of Oregon in the Department of History. Mavis retired in 1998, then moved to London for many years, before returning to Champaign, Illinois, to be near her two sons. Our colleague in the Clark Honors College, Louise Bishop, has written a remembrance of Mavis, which you may find here.