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

Studying Syrian Christian Identity in Geneva

Mon, 22 Mar 2021

Kelly Carly 1For her Honors project, anthropology major Carly Kelly ’21 studied the formation of Syrian Christians’ ethnoreligious identity in Geneva. Throughout her academic career, Carly Kelly ’21 has specialized in the…

HWS Students Land ASIANetwork Fellowship 

Tue, 02 Mar 2021

AsiaNetwork Fellowship, KColton, Geran Center, Jonathan Garcia ’23, Roxanna Peña ‘23, Tenzin Yonten ‘23Three students have received the ASIANetwork Student-Faculty Fellows Program Award. This award will fund a travel grant to Tokyo, Japan, to study the city’s history of transformation and to develop…

A Life of Achievement and Service: Honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Thu, 04 Feb 2021

RBG Award-CThe late Supreme Court Associate Justice is the 41st recipient of the Elizabeth Blackwell Award. During her confirmation hearings before the U.S. Senate in 1993, the late Supreme Court Associate…

Hobart and William Smith Colleges to Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Blackwell Award

Fri, 15 Jan 2021

RBGThe children of the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will accept the Elizabeth Blackwell Award on their mother’s behalf. In recognition of a lifetime of extraordinary achievements…

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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 >