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About the Department

Students on the Stanford University quad

Mission Statement

History courses teach the analytical, interpretive, and writing knowledge and skills necessary for understanding the connections between past and present. History is a pragmatic discipline in which the analysis of change over time involves sifting the influences and perspectives that affect the course of events, and evaluating the different forms of evidence historians exploit to make sense of them. Teaching students how to weigh these sources and convert the findings into persuasive analysis lies at the heart of the department's teaching. Graduates with a History major pursue careers and graduate study in law, public service, business, writing, education, and journalism.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Paula Findlen

Department of History

450 Serra Mall, Bldg. 200, room 113
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

phone: (650) 723-2651
fax: (650) 725-0597
campus mail code: 2024

Undergraduate Student Services: Priscilla Tojino

phone: (650) 725-0710


Graduate Student Services Manager: Art Palmon

phone: (650) 725-0709

Webmaster: Shari Haun


Directions and Parking

Directions to Stanford University and printable maps of the campus with parking locations can be found on the official university Visitor Information Maps & Directions page.

The nearest parking to Lane History Corner is the metered parking on the Palm Drive Oval.

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