Studying history grounds your understanding of the past in time and place, orients current experiences and events, and cultivates a perspective well-suited for the future.
Our History Department offers an array of courses that span the globe, cross time, and take a penetrating look at social, cultural and political turning points and movements.
You will explore diverse histories and also do a focused examination of a particular region or theme of your choosing. You will see the world, events and people in all their complexity and contexts.
Our professors’ areas of research and the classes they teach are varied. Topics range from medieval Mediterranean history to modern China; capitalism to the Cold War; enslavement in early America to identity in Latin America; from the Russian revolution to Black radical traditions.
Grappling with history is a refining process of the mind. Through close readings, rigorous research and critical writing, your creative and analytical skills will be honed, and you will develop both breadth and depth of knowledge. The study of history has long been a cornerstone of the liberal arts.
Our history students’ foundational education prepares them for graduate school and successful careers in academia, journalism, public affairs, law, business and more.