Historians seek to understand what humanity is by investigating what humanity has done. The Department of History conceives the human community:

  1. in time, attempting not merely to chronicle events but to explain events in their various connections;
  2. in space, juxtaposing events and their explanations in one part of the world with events and explanations in other parts of the world; and
  3. 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.

History News

Payne ’88 Wins National Book Award

Fri, 20 Nov 2020

Tamara PayneThe epic biography of Malcolm X, begun by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Les Payne P’88 and completed by his daughter Tamara Payne ’88, was named the winner of…

Upton ’12 wins Honorable Mention in MontPhoto 2020

Thu, 12 Nov 2020

DU_The_Beggars_Andrew-Michael-Upton_11112020 (002)Andrew Upton ’12 was awarded Honorable Mention in the Environmental Report Category of MontPhoto 2020 for his photo, “The Beggars,” depicting captive Asian small-clawed otters (Aonyx cinereus) in an otter…

Alums Unite for Veterans Day Roundtable Discussion

Thu, 05 Nov 2020

veteransTo mark Veterans Day, three HWS alums will gather for a virtual conversation about military service and what it means to serve. The event will take place on Wednesday, Nov.…

Smith ’21 Secures OptumRx Position

Tue, 27 Oct 2020

Smith Colin '21portrait  Kcolton-00037After interning with the OptumRx division of UnitedHealth Group this summer, economics and history double major Colin Smith ’21 recently accepted a job offer with the healthcare company known for…

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Student Profile:
Hannah Bini '20

Hannah Bini '20

Majors: History Major, Latin Minor

"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."

Students in Class

Sample Courses

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 >