Department of History
The study of history plays a central and formative role in the liberal arts. Offering new perspectives on the past as well as ongoing influences the past has on the present, the discipline of history promotes critical thinking, develops analytical skills, nurtures open-minded examination of controversial issues, and encourages excellence in writing.
The Department of History, its courses, faculty, and related activities offer students the opportunity to explore the histories of Africa, the Ancient World, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States. Students may elect to study history on a broad scale or focus attention on a specific region or era.
Our small class sizes encourage close work with individual professors, who are, in addition to their devoted time in the classroom, active and accomplished scholars contributing to the growth of knowledge in their fields. As part of their experience, students may enhance what they learn in the classroom with opportunities for independent research and internships in addition to participation in student organizations and our honors program.
Our majors are accepted on a regular basis to the top graduate and law schools, and our alumni have gone on to fruitful careers in teaching, law, business, foreign service, social work, publishing, think tanks, and public service. The study of history prepares students for work. The study of history prepares students for life.