History Department

History is a way of understanding the whole of the human condition as it has unfolded in time. Without history, nothing makes sense, from the meaning of words to the formation of identities, to institutions, states, and societies. History straddles the boundary between the social sciences and humanities. Like the other social sciences, it has established methods of investigation and proof, but it differs from them in that it encompasses, potentially, every area of human culture from the beginning of recorded time. Like the other humanities, it uses ordinary language and established modes of telling its stories, but it is constrained by evidence left us from the past.

The History Department is home to a distinguished group of scholar-teachers whose work ranges from the medieval to the post-modern, from the Middle East to the Midwest, from gender and sexuality to science and economics, from micro-history to world history.  


Hasia R. Diner: Julius Rosenwald, Jewish Philanthropy, and African-American Education
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, PAC 002, 4:30pm

On October 27th at 4:30pm, Dr Amanda Luyster of Holy Cross College
will be speaking on English Bodies, Byzantine Silks.  Medieval Networks, Actors, and the Uses of Theory


History Department Open House: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
PAC, CSS Lounge, Fourth Floor, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

HISTORY 362:  Phillip B. Wagoner, Wesleyan Professor of Art History and Archaeology
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Russell House, 4:30pm