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Future Students

Welcome to the Purdue Department of History!

Historians inform modern discussions about the future of science and technology, medicine and public health, politics, society, culture, gender, race, war, and diplomacy. We do this in part by preparing students for graduate studies and careers in law, public policy, government, education, business, and many other fields. You will acquire in our classes skills—how to research, read critically, write effectively, communicate verbally—and a sense of judgment that will serve you well now and in the future.  Within the history program, you also have opportunities to take honors courses, study abroad, do internships and research projects, and learn from award winning faculty in over 156 courses. We invite you to come learn more!

The Purdue Archives and Special Collections has created a visual timeline of the history of Purdue University, and the Boilermaker milestones that have had a significant impact on our state, nation and world. 

Purdue's for Me On-Campus Visits

Offered on multiple dates during the spring semester, Purdue’s for Me is designed to answer all your questions about your next steps for accepting your offer, and to show you and your family what it is like to live and study at Purdue. This full-day program includes information sessions; meet-and-greets with current students, advisors, and faculty; a campus and residence hall tour; and lunch in our award-winning dining courts. Learn more, and register for your visit, here

2024 Purdue’s for Me Dates:

February 19, 1:00-3:00, Beering 6115
February 23, 1:00-3:00, Beering 6115
March 4, 1:00-3:00, Beering 1284
March 18, 1:00-3:00, Beering 6115
March 22, 1:00-3:00, Beering 6115
April 1, 1:00-3:00, Beering 6115
April 9, 1:00-3:00, Beering 1284

Virtual Open Houses

2024 Virtual Open House Dates:

March 5

April 10


Please feel free to contact us if we can provide you with any further information.  

Academic Program Manager
O.T. Ford,

Director of Undergraduate Studies
William Gray,

Department of History Office