Historians seek to understand what humanity is by investigating what humanity has done. The Department of History conceives the human community:
in time, attempting not merely to chronicle events but to explain events in their various connections;
in space, juxtaposing events and their explanations in one part of the world with events and explanations in other parts of the world; and
in a system of analytic categories, exploiting every explanatory feature of the humanistic disciplines and of the social and natural sciences that offers insight into human thought and activity in the past.
"While abroad in Rome I had the opportunity to study Latin inscriptions. This experience allowed me to gain a more in-depth knowledge of how the language was used and to see the world from a different perspective. Coming into college, I didn't expect to study Latin, but now I feel lucky to have discovered the language."
Women's Rights Movements in US
This course examines the creation and development of women's rights movements in the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries, two centuries that witnessed the explosion of movements for women's emancipation. Students explore the social, legal, political and economic conditions of women at different historical moments along with the efforts of women (and men) to change those conditions.
Plants and Empire
European administrators and merchants developed international trade in stimulants such as coffee and tea, medicinal plants such as cinchona bark (quinine), dye plants such as indigo, narcotics such as opium, food crops such as wheat and garden plants such as tulips and tree peonies. Students trace the globalization of traffic in plants and its consequences from Columbus to contemporary debates over genetically modified crops and bioprospecting.
Soccer: Around the World with the Beautiful Game
This course provides a whirlwind tour of the sport that explores its industrial roots, its dissemination around the world, and with scheduled pit-stops on five continents, makes visible the sometimes hopeful, oftentimes violent, and always controversial nature of the beautiful game's rich past.
The History faculty have scholarly interests as diverse as the subject itself. From oceanic history to the history of voting rights, from mass transit to bacteriology and immunology, at HWS you will gain exciting new knowledge from experts in the discipline. Scroll below to meet our team of historians, scholars and above all, dedicated teachers. Meet the entire department >