Major requirements in history can be completed either through daytime or evening attendance.
Department of History
Chair: Gerald Verbrugghe
Jeffery M. Dorwart, B.A., Connecticut; M.A., Ph.D., Massachusetts
Howard F. Gillette Jr., B.A., Ph.D., Yale
Janet Golden, B.A., M.U.A., Ph.D., Boston
Andrew Lees, B.A., Amherst; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard
Margaret Marsh, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers
Philip Scranton, Board of Governors Professor; B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania
Allen Woll, B.A., Chicago; M.A., Ph.D., Wisconsin
Laurie Bernstein, B.A., Sonoma State; M.A., Ph.D., California
Wayne Glasker, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania
Andrew Shankman, B.A., Northern Illinois; Ph.D., Princeton
Jacob Soll, B.A., Iowa; D.E.A., École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (France); Ph.D., Cambridge (U.K.)
Gerald Verbrugghe, A.B., Loyola; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton
Lorrin Thomas, B.A., Columbia; Ph.D., Pennsylvania
Elizabeth VanderVen, B.A., Vassar; Ph.D., California (Los Angeles)
Nancy Rosoff, B.A., Mount Holyoke College; Ph.D., Temple
Rodney Carlisle, B.A., Harvard; Ph.D., California (Berkeley)
Joseph Held, B.A., Ph.D., Rutgers
James Muldoon, B.A., Iona; M.A., Boston; Ph.D., Cornell
History is the memory of humanity. The study of the past puts us in touch with the hopes, the accomplishments, and the failures of people other than ourselves. It also shows us how and why the world we inhabit today has developed over time, from the birth of civilization up to the age of high technology. It thus enlarges our awareness of the possibilities open to us now and in the future. As an intellectual discipline, it requires students to analyze evidence and to think clearly, relating particular events to general trends. Historical study is one of the essential cornerstones of a broadly based education. It provides not only knowledge and training that are worthwhile in their own right but also excellent background for many graduate programs (including the study of law), for business, and for life as an informed citizen.
Normally, students should begin with courses at the 100 or 200 level and then move on to 300- and 400-level courses. Some students may be prepared to begin at the more advanced level, but first-year students may not enroll in any advanced course without permission of the instructor; sophomores may enroll in 300-level courses but not in 400-level courses without similar permission.