The History Majors Committee is a resource for students and faculty alike to help organize events and communicate ideas to improve the History program at Wes! We organize film screenings, thesis coffee hours, and even helped shape the module system. We are a group of students who are really excited about History and are here to help!

Why Are You Majoring in History?

Azher Jaweed ‘19: I am a History and Environmental Studies major. On campus, I am the Chair of the Adelphic Education Fund, a nonprofit associated with the Alpha Delta Phi Society and I am also a Mellon Fellow. My primary research interest is the environmental impacts of "developmentalist" ideologies in India, specifically during the 1950s and 1960s. Last summer I had the opportunity to participate in the UChicago Summer Research Program, where I drafted a research proposal that questions the relationship between political ideology, economic impact, and environmental impact of canal irrigation projects during the implementation of the First Five Year Plan in India. Some of my other academic interests include subaltern studies, world history, universal history. I am also very interested in studying Hindi, Urdu, Spanish, and Arabic over the next few years.

KC O’Hara ‘19: I am a history major with a linked Environmental Studies major. My history modules are in Empires and Encounter and Environment and Food. I am particularly interested in the relationship between humans and the environment, how abiotic and biotic environmental systems and human society have interacted and evolved during the rise of empires and of European colonialism. Ever since my first year at Wesleyan, the History Department has always challenged, inspired, and intrigued me. Within the history major, the breadth of classes, expert faculty, and freedom to explore my own interests has allowed me to grow as a scholar.