State and Society Concentration

HIS 8021 Early American Republic

HIS 8041 Roosevelt to Roosevelt

HIS 8081 Reconstruction

HIS 8205 Ancient Mediterranean

HIS 8231 French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era

HIS 8241 European Nationalism 1815-1870

HIS 8245 Great Britain since 1815

HIS 8262 Imperial Russia to 1917

HIS 8281 Russia and the USSR in the 20th Century

HIS 8425 Modern Japan

HIS 8433 Imperialism & Nationalism in the Middle East

HIS 8452 History of Modern South Asia

HIS 8279 Germany since 1945

HIS 8441 Africa and Emergence from Colonialism

These courses may apply. Please consult semester listing of courses:

HIS 8402 Topics in World History

HIS 8602 Top in Comparative History

HIS 8800 Topics in Historiography

Contact the Program Director

Judith Giesberg, Ph.D.
(610) 519-4668


Upcoming Events

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  • Old House, New Discoveries Event
    April 24th at 5:30 p.m. Come peek into the rarely seen service spaces in The Woodlands mansion and learn about the ordinary people who worked beneath the stairs. Graduate students from the Department of History at Villanova University will share new research on the Woodlands mansion.

  • On Friday, April 4, Villanova University will host its 25th annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference. The conference highlights research from a variety of disciplines, all connected by a focus on gender/women. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Click on the link below for further information:
  • Dr. Chris Haas has published the essay "Geopolitics and Georgian Identity in Late Antiquity: the Dangerous World of Vakhtang Gorgasali" in Georgian Christian Thought and Its Cultural Context: Memorial Volume for the 125th Anniversary of Shalva Nutsubidze (1888-1969), edited by Tamar Nutsubidze, Cornelia B. Horn, and Basil Lourié (Leiden: Brill Publications, 2014), pp, 29-44. 
  • Professor Bernard Reilly’s review of Miriam Shadis, Berenguela of Castile (1180-1246) and Political Women in the High Middle Ages (2009) has been published in Speculum 88 (2013), 338-339.
  • In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the National Constitution Center presents a conversation with scholars Ted Widmer, Sean Wilentz, Judith Giesberg, and Adam Goodheart of the popular New York Times "Disunion" blog on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. more
  • Lynne Ann Hartnett, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of Russian area studies, was interviewed on CBS Channel 3 News regarding the situation in Chechnya as part of the media reaction to the Boston Marathon bombings.