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The Department of History at Marshall University is energetic department of thirteen full-time faculty. Each semester we offer more than 50 courses (including a number fully online), which meet the needs of over 2000 students per year. Currently, the department serves about 100 undergraduate majors and 25 graduate students.

We welcome and encourage student interaction, emphasize analytical, communications, and critical thinking skills, and promote chronological, cultural, and geographic diversity. Our alumni are employed in a variety of fields from law to city planner and serve on the faculty of History Departments across the United States.

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Clio: Discover History All Around You


Created by Marshall University historians, Clio connects the public to nearby historical sites throughout the United States.

Marshall students wishing to learn more about internship opportunities with Clio should email Dr. Trowbridge or Dr. Holbrook.

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Clio app available for iOS and Android.
Clio app available for iOS and Android.

Our undergraduates engage in active research projects.  The  Carter G. Woodson Project Web Site highlights one such project.

Department of History Award Winners


2016 – 2017


Marshall University Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award, Junior Faculty
Dr. Michael Woods

Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginian Professor of the Year: Finalist
Dr. Phillip Rutherford


2015 – 2016


Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award
Dr. Phillip Rutherford

Marshall & Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award”
Dr. Greta Rensenbrink


2014 – 2015


Marshall University Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award
Dr. Chris White

Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginian Professor of the Year: Finalist
Dr. William Palmer


2013 – 2014


Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award
Dr. William Palmer


2012 – 2013


Pickens-Queen Teaching Award
Dr. Laura Michele Diener

Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia Professor of the Year: Finalist
Dr. Daniel Holbrook


2011 – 2012


Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award
Dr. Daniel Holbrook


2008 – 2009


College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teacher Award
Dr. Montserrat Miller


2007 – 2008


Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia Professor of the Year
Dr. Montserrat Miller

Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award
Dr. David Mills

Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award
Dr. William Palmer

Pickens-Queen Teaching Award
Dr. Phillip Rutherford


2006 – 2007


Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award
Dr. Montserrat Miller

College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teacher Award
Dr. Daniel Holbrook


2005 – 2006


College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teacher Award
Dr. Montserrat Miller


2004 – 2005


Pickens-Queen Teaching Award
Dr. Kat Williams


1999 – 2000


Pickens-Queen Teaching Award
Dr. David Mills


1998 – 1999


Pickens-Queen Teaching Award
Dr. Montserrat Miller


1996 – 1997


Marshall & Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award
Dr. William Palmer