Majoring in History

History Certificate

Overview

Look through an exceptionally global lens and use a variety of methods to explore your interests. As a history major, you might make a short film, write historical fiction, create a museum exhibit or collect oral histories from immigrants. Faculty have expertise in China, Japan, India, Germany, Italy, Russia, the Andes, Pan-Africa and the American West, South and New England. In your junior and senior years, you take small seminars in your area of specialization, exploring important historical texts and issues with other students and professors. The writing, speaking, thinking and research skills you gain as a history major will give you a strong foundation for a variety of pursuits. Some graduates move into high-tech companies, advertising firms and media companies. Others pursue advanced studies in history and other fields or go into teaching, law or business.

Research opportunities

You have many opportunities to pursue your own research interests. Our challenging program and creative environment has inspired work as diverse as a cultural history of the Outer Banks at the time of the Wright brothers' first flight and a thesis on the theories and practices of non-racialism in South Africa.

International opportunities and study abroad

We encourage you to travel to do primary research for your studies. Our students have recently done work in India, Cairo, Rome, Tokyo and Berlin. Faculty have led trips to the Mexican border to study immigration and to key locations of the civil rights movement.

What can you do with a majorcertificate in History?

Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:

  • Analyst, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Chief Financial Officer, SKY Investment Group LLC
  • Publisher, Atlantic Monthly Group
  • Global Business Development Director, WPP Group USA Inc.
  • Production Manager, The New York Times
  • Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York
  • Collections Manager, Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University
  • Assistant Vice President, Global Marketing, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, L'Oreal USA
  • Historian/ Researcher, Fruitlands Museum
  • Economist, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • Chief Court Administrative Judge, State of Connecticut
  • International Sales Manager, WGBH Boston
  • Director of Artistic Planning and Communication, Van Cliburn Foundation
  • Archaeologist, U.S. Forest Service
  • Senior Manager for Research, Walt Disney Co.
  • Services Coordinator for Special Projects, Rhode Island Community Food Bank
  • Investigative Reporter, Providence Journal
  • Lawyer, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Associate Professor of American Studies, Penn State
  • Social Studies Teacher, Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School

Faculty

Monique A. Bedasse, Assistant Professor of History

Monique A. Bedasse, Assistant Professor of History  (On sabbatical 2014-2015 academic year)
Modern African history • The African diaspora • Modern Caribbean history • African intellectual and cultural history

Michael  Burlingame, May Buckley Sadowski '19 Professor Emeritus of History

Michael  Burlingame, May Buckley Sadowski '19 Professor Emeritus of History
U.S. History • The Civil War • Abraham Lincoln • Psychohistory

David Canton, Associate Professor of History

David Canton, Associate Professor of History
20th-Century American Social History • Civil rights movement • Urban history • Hip Hop Music and Black Culture in Post-Industrial America

Sheetal Chhabria, Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Assistant Professor of History

Sheetal Chhabria, Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Assistant Professor of History
South Asian history • Inequality and urbanization • Indian Ocean

Ann Marie L. Davis, Assistant Professor of History

Ann Marie L. Davis, Assistant Professor of History
Early modern and modern Japan • History of science • Technology and science • Japanese literature and theory • History of gender and sexuality • Women's studies

James T. Downs, Associate Professor of History

James T. Downs, Associate Professor of History
Nineteenth-century United States history • African-American Studies • History of medicine and public health

Marc Forster, Henry B. Plant Professor of History, Director of the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA)

Marc Forster, Henry B. Plant Professor of History, Director of the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA)
Early modern Germany (1500-1800) • German Catholicism, popular religion and popular culture, rural society

Leo J. Garofalo, Associate Professor of History, Director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity

Leo J. Garofalo, Associate Professor of History, Director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity
Latin American and Caribbean history • The history of race and ethnicity • African diaspora and Afro-Latin America • Peru and the Andes

Eileen M. Kane, Assistant Professor of History

Eileen M. Kane, Assistant Professor of History
Russian/Soviet/post-Soviet history • Modern Europe • Empires

Bruce Kirmmse, Professor Emeritus of History

Bruce Kirmmse, Professor Emeritus of History
Intellectual history of modern Europe (post -1700) • Danish philosopher and theologian Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

Frederick S. Paxton, Brigida Pacchiani Ardenghi Professor of History

Frederick S. Paxton, Brigida Pacchiani Ardenghi Professor of History
Medieval Europe • Death, Dying, Sickness and Healing • The Middle Ages in Big Historical Perspective • Big History

Sarah A. Queen, Professor of History

Sarah A. Queen, Professor of History  (On sabbatical 2014-2015 academic year)
Early Chinese cultural history • The spiritual and philosophical dimensions of Confucianism and Daoism • Confucianism in East Asia Today (Confucianism and Human Rights; Confucianism and Democratization; and Confucianism and Ecology)

Sara Lee Silberman, Associate Professor Emeritus of History

Sara Lee Silberman, Associate Professor Emeritus of History
The political, social, economic, cultural, and diplomatic history of the United States in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Catherine M. Stock, Barbara Zaccheo Kohn '72 Professor of History, Director of American Studies Program

Catherine M. Stock, Barbara Zaccheo Kohn '72 Professor of History, Director of American Studies Program
Rural radicalism, domestic terrorism • Social, cultural and political history of the United States, 1877 to present, including the American West • Rural America • The Great Depression and the New Deal

Vincent  Thompson, Professor Emeritus of History

Vincent  Thompson, Professor Emeritus of History
Modern Africa • Africa and the New World • African-American History • Role of women in African history

Lisa H. Wilson, Charles J. MacCurdy Professor of American History

Lisa H. Wilson, Charles J. MacCurdy Professor of American History  (On sabbatical Fall 2014)
Colonial British North America • Gender studies • Family history

Student profile


Elena Rosario Elena Rosario

History


Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: When I visited, I knew instantly that this was the school for me. I was drawn to the small classes that create spaces for intellectual engagement and I love how involved the student body is in activism.


Q: Why did you decide to study history?
A: I have always been interested in it. After my first history class, "Introduction to European History" with Professor Mullane, I knew that I was going to be a history major.


Q: What types of research have you done?
A: My concentration is colonial history with a focus on the Atlantic world. I am a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and also was awarded a CONNSharp grant that allowed me to do research in the Barbados with Professor Wilson. This was the foundation for my thesis, "The Creation of a Brotherhood in Early British America."


Q: What are your graduate study or career plans?
A: I am taking a year off to work and then plan to attend graduate school for a Ph.D. in history with a focus on comparative colonial studies. I want to teach history and continue to do historical research.

Selected courses


  • Crime and Punishment in U.S. History
  • History of Sexuality
  • Colonial History of North America
  • American Revolutionary Era
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • "Race" in Colonial Latin America
  • Reformation and Counter-Reformation
  • Globalization of Urban Poverty
  • South Asia in the Postcolonial World
  • History of Hip-Hop Music and Culture in Post-Industrial America 1973-Present
  • The USSR: 1917 to the Present
  • Human Rights in China
  • Pan-Africanism
  • China's Confucian Legacy
  • The French Revolution

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