Department of History
The study of history is a fascinating journey into the enormous variety of human experiences. In a world becoming ever more complex, we help students understand their place in contemporary society by exploring how the individuals, ideas and social conflicts in the past created historical change. Our faculty of accomplished historians will introduce you to the histories of America, Europe, Latin America and the Ancient world. We also offer thematic courses on historical subjects that transcend geographic and chronological boundaries, including: the history of science and medicine, ethnicity and migrations, cultural history, religious history, urban history, and the history of women, the family and sexuality. In all of our courses we emphasize the importance of asking questions, analyzing evidence and evaluating conflicting interpretations. As a history student, you will develop skills in reading, research writing, and communication that will equip you to succeed in all professional careers and to engage the world in meaningful ways.
The Department of History has a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor history society, and annually awards prizes for majors who have excelled in history courses and for the student who has produced the best senior essay.