History is the study of human change over time. Recognizing that human experience is continuous, students will be seeking to understand how people lived in the past and how their actions, institutions, and leadership shaped their world and our own. As an intellectual discipline, history fosters students’ abilities to read critically, think analytically, communicate ideas effectively, and to examine human problems in light of ethical values and religious traditions.
Class format includes lectures, class discussion, group study activities, exploration of primary sources, and student presentation of work. At each level, students undertake individual research projects as well as numerous smaller writing assignments. Geography, art history, cultural studies and other fields are integrated into the study of history in all periods.