Dean: Peter A. Dorsey
Professors: Curtis D. Johnson, Teresa P. Rupp
Associate Professor: Gregory W. Murry (Chair), Michelle M. Patterson
Assistant Professors: Timothy D. Fritz, Jamie A. Gianoutsos, Charles T. Strauss, Elizabeth C. Strauss
The Department of History provides a perspective that is central to the University’s liberal arts curriculum, namely, an intellectual framework for understanding the evolution of the human condition. History majors, with the assistance of their advisors, select from a wide variety of courses on European, North American, and Non-Western cultures.
The history major is based on the assumption that students interested in history should be trained to do history, to function as historians. The purpose of the history major is to offer majors a solid grounding in history as an intellectual discipline, as a way of analytically and critically reading, writing, and thinking. The design of the major allows for a progression of courses through four years, so what students learn in one year can be built on in the next, and each year the student will be asked to do more reading, writing and independent work. A progression like this also gives the student an enhanced sense of accomplishment when his or her undergraduate studies are completed.
History majors find jobs in fields that value the knowledge and skills attained through a liberal arts education, including teaching, law, government and communications. In addition, the particular skills developed by historians offer career opportunities in museums, libraries, archives, and historic preservation agencies.
History Departmental Objectives:
The study of history at the Mount aims to equip students to:
- Understand human values both in the western tradition and in other cultural traditions and thus establish values of their own;
- Understand themselves better from the perspective of different times and places;
- Participate as responsible citizens in the affairs of the world and to see, and seek to resolve, the problems facing humanity;
- Read and think critically, write and speak clearly and accurately, conduct research honestly, and apply historical knowledge and history-based skills to live effective, balanced lives.