Location: Merwin Hall
Phone: (239) 590-7417
Florida Gulf Coast University
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
Welcome to the Florida Gulf Coast University History Program's webpage. As one of America's fastest growing universities, we have our finger on the pulse of current market trends. Our students graduate with the critical thinking and communication skills that employers demand.
Our program will allow you to pursue interests, wherever they take you. We offer a wide range of courses that cover the chronological gamete and focus on both World and U.S. History. For instance, we offer courses from Ancient Greece to 20th Century World History, from Colonial America to U.S. in the Cold War Era. We offer a wide range of courses related to Africa, India, China, Japan, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. We pride ourselves in offering exciting topical courses that engage and expand students' area of inquiry. For example, we offer courses on the Crusades, Nazi Germany, Race in Latin America, Conquest & Colonization of Mexico, Women in Modern South Asian History, and North American Frontiers. In addition, we offer a variety of interdisciplinary minors, such as in Museum Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Gender Studies, African Diaspora, and Latin American Studies. We are home to the Center for Judaic, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, which is both a center for academic study but also hosts a number of community events and lectures.
Our small class sizes distinguish our program from other state schools. Our upper-level courses (3000- and 4000-level) are capped at 30 students. This allows for personal interaction with your professor and opportunity to build relationships with other students. Discussion of primary sources and key historiographical material are a staple of these courses. Each student is encouraged to engage in the discussion and to contribute to our understanding of the material. Irrespective of your career goals, analytical and critical thinking are a must. We focus keenly on developing your research skills and writing abilities, both of which are in high demand by employers.
We encourage our students to participate in the academic community and offer a number of opportunities for real-world experience. Many have presented conference papers at the Florida Conference of Historians or at the History Honors Society Conference (Phi Alpha Theta). Many of our faculty have a service learning component in their courses, which offers practical and hands-on research and data collection experience. Many of our students have obtained internships in Washington D.C. or in area museums.
Melodie H. Eichbauer, the Graduate Program leader, will discuss our M.A. in History below. Our program offers students a broad based foundation that prepares them to: teach survey courses at a community college or university, teach advanced courses in high school, pursue a career in a museum or archive, continue their graduate education in a doctoral program, or enter the secular sphere.
Please feel free to contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (239-590-7173) if you have any questions.
Michael Epple, Ph.D.
History Program Leader
Assistant Professor of History