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Department of History & Philosophy

Department of History & Philosophy

The Department of History & Philosophy offers courses and opportunities that connect the world of the past to the world of the present. We explore ideas and artifacts, timeless questions and age-old documents. 

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In both history and in philosophy, we strive to understand something of human existence – of the past, of the present, and what the future might hold. In the course of this study, students of history and philosophy develop skills in clear thinking, effective argumentation, cogent interpretation, and persuasive communication in written and oral form. Combining study of the humanities with these 21st-century skills, a degree in history or philosophy is a strong complement to majors in the sciences and health professions.

The Department of History & Philosophy faculty are dedicated to their disciplines in and out of the classroom. Faculty conduct ongoing research, share their ideas in writing and in presentations, and engage in other academic activities that contribute to the growth of their fields and to continued excellence in teaching. 

The Department offers a major in History, an interdisciplinary major in Liberal Studies, and minors in History and in Philosophy. For more information on our faculty, programs, and courses, use the links on the left side of this page or stop by Marcil Hall and speak with any faculty member.

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Exhibition Classes


'John Haley's Civil War'

In Spring 2013, 15 UNE students will design and install a professional-quality museum exhibit on the experiences of John Haley, Civil War soldier. The exhibit, "John Haley's Civil War," traces Saco resident Haley through the battles and marches of the Civil War, based on his extenisve diary. Find out more and follow Haley's Civil War journey with the class's "From These Pages" blog and with a quote a day from his wartime journal, posted on the Facebook page of the Saco Museum.