Student Experience



While at Connecticut College, students can play a key role in history department activities. The Student Advisory Board serves as a liaison between our history majors and the department's faculty. Duties of the student on the SAB include meetings with faculty and potential faculty, meetings with SAB members to plan and organize events such as lectures, and miscellaneous tasks.

The history department encourages its students to take advantage of study away opportunities during their junior year and to apply to SATA (Study Away and Teach Away) programs the College may offer.

And what will you do as a history major after you leave Connecticut College? Our graduates pursue advanced studies in history, and many go to law school or business school. And more than a few go straight into the workforce, pursuing careers around the world, applying their writing, speaking, thinking, and research abilities to positions with high-tech companies, advertising firms, and media companies. They also often become the next generation of history teachers and enter the field of museum science.

Some recent exemplary outcomes:

  • Mirna Despalatovic-Bowden '92, a history major, is now a practicing OB/GYN in northwest Montana. She attended medical school at the University of Miami and did her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
  • Ann Bevan Hollos '97, a history and anthropology double major, is now a teacher and administrator at an independent school, and has taught U.S. history to middle school students.
  • James Lundberg '00 is working toward a doctorate in History at Yale University. His focus is 19th-century American cultural and intellectual history, and his dissertation will be an intellectual biography of Horace Greeley. He truly enjoyed his classes at Connecticut College on the Civil War and Reconstruction, relishing the opportunity to be in a small class with a distinguished scholar and receive feedback on his writing from his professors.
  • Marko Dumancic '02, a history major and student of Russian at Connecticut College, is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill., finishing a dissertation project in Soviet history that began as a CISLA-inspired senior honors thesis under the supervision of Professor Marc Forster. He has already taught survey courses on Russia's imperial and Soviet history and served as a resident director for the UNC-Chapel Hill summer school in Moscow.

Contact Information:

Chair: David Canton, Associate Professor
Assistant: Nancy Lewandowski

Phone: 860-439-5264
Fax: 860-439-5332
Email: dacan@conncoll.edu

Department of History
Connecticut College
Winthrop House
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196