By developing an understanding of systems of power and oppression that shape our society, students are empowered with the skills and understandings needed to have agency in their own lives and affect positive change in their communities.
A three-year required sequence of courses—Asian Worlds, The Atlantic World, and The U.S. and the World—is designed to deepen students’ understanding of history, strengthen their sophistication of thinking, and build the skills of writing, group work, public speaking, and independent research.
The department also offers a variety of optional electives for juniors and seniors. Through these courses, students learn how historians and social scientists use evidence, construct arguments, relate their findings to the work of other scholars, and examine differing historical and theoretical viewpoints. Students have opportunities to become scholars, reconstructing events and constructing their own historical arguments.