Carnegie Mellon University

Internationally known for our innovative historical and anthropological approaches to the study of social, cultural, and policy change.

Our faculty offer three different degree programs: the B.A. or B.S. in Social & Political History, the B.A. in Global Studies, and the interdepartmental B.A. or B.S. in Ethics, History & Public Policy. All three focus on connections between past and present and on how historical knowledge facilitates understanding of social, cultural, and policy change.

 Read more about the History Department     View our Courses

Graduate Program

screen-shot-2022-07-14-at-11.27.35-am.png

Learn more

News

Society for Military History has awarded Dr. Wendy Goldman's book, "Fortress Dark and Stern. The Soviet Home Front during World War II" the Non-American Military History prize for best book in military history.

All news »

Dr. Christopher J. Phillips has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health for 2022-2024 to support forthcoming book, "Number Doctors: The Emergence of Biostatistics and the Reformation of Modern Medicine"

Help us highlight all of the amazing things our faculty, alumni, graduates, and undergraduates are up to:

Submit content to our Department of History newsletter

Courses

79-345 - Roots of Rock and Roll

Taught by: Professor Scott Sandage

Roots of Rock and Roll is about open source, collaborative innovation and the impact of social and technological change on American music. The class focuses on early "remix" music (slave songs, Anglo-Appalachian ballads, ragtime, and Depression era blues and country) and revolutionaries like Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin. The class format is informal lecture and discussion.

     All courses »

Roots of Rock and Roll