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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Without knowledge of the past, we are, as one writer has phrased it, like victims of collective amnesia groping in the dark for our identity. History as a discipline is rooted in that fundamental human urge, curiosity. It confronts and weighs the relative significance of chance, inevitability and choice in the passage of time.

History is humanistic in its emphasis on the influence of ideas and values, its capacity to both instruct and entertain, and as interpretive literature. In its investigation of social processes, groups and institutions, and the examination of human motivation, it is a social science. It acts as a bridge among disciplines, borrowing from all and contributing a sense of context and sequence to the perception of actions and individuals.

The American historian Carl Becker wrote: “The value of history is, indeed, not scientific but moral: by liberalizing the mind, by deepening the sympathies, by fortifying the will, it enables us to control, not society, but ourselves — a much more important thing; it prepares us to live more humanely in the present and to meet rather than to foretell the future.”


SUSAN E. COSTANZO (1993) Chair and Associate Professor. BA, MA, PhD, Northwestern University.
CHARLES W. ANDERSON (2014) Associate Professor. BA, Oberlin College; MA, PhD, New York University.
DHARITRI BHATTACHARJEE (2019) Assistant Professor. BA, St. Stephen’s College; MA, University of Delhi; MA Miami University; PhD, University of Texas-Austin.
EMI BUSHELLE (2016), Associate Professor. BA, Wesleyan University; MS, Columbia University; MA, PhD, University of California - Los Angeles.
PEDRO CAMESELLE (2015) Associate Professor. BA, Fairfield University; MA, Boston University; PhD, Fordham University.
JOSHUA CERRETTI (2015) Associate Professor.  BA, Trinity College (CT); MA, UN University for Peace; PhD, University of Buffalo.
PETER D. DIEHL (1992) Associate Professor. BA, Yale University; MA, PhD, University of California-Los Angeles.
SUSAN AMANDA EURICH (1986) Professor. BA, Portland State University; MA, PhD, Emory University.
CHRISTOPHER C. FRIDAY (1992) Professor. BA, Lewis and Clark College; MA, PhD, University of California-Los Angeles.
STEVEN J. GARFINKLE (2001) Professor. BA, Tufts University; MA, University of London; PhD, Columbia University.
JARED R. HARDESTY (2014) Professor. BA, Ohio Northern University; MA, PhD, Boston College.
MADISON HESLOP (2022) Assistant Professor. BA, Purdue University; MSC, University of Edinburgh; PhD, University of Washington.
CHRISTINE JOHNSTON (2019) Assistant Professor. BCom, University of British Columbia; MA, University of British Columbia; PhD University of California-Los Angeles.
A. RICARDO LÓPEZ-PEDREROS (2008) Professor. BA, National University of Colombia; MA, PhD, University of Maryland, College Park.
JOHANN N. NEEM (2004) Professor. BA, Brown University; MA, PhD, University of Virginia.
PETER PIHOS (2018) Associate Professor, AB, Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges; MA, New York University; PhD, University of Pennsylvania.
HUNTER PRICE (2014) Associate Professor. BA, Furman University; MA, PhD, Ohio State University.
JENNIFER SELTZ (2012) Associate Professor. BA, Brown University; MA, PhD, University of Washington.
MART A. STEWART (1992) Professor. BA, Willamette University; MA, Portland State University; PhD, Emory University.
ROGER R. THOMPSON (2003) Professor. BA, Stanford University; MA, PhD, Yale University.
SARAH ELLEN ZARROW (2017) Associate Professor. AB, Vassar College; MA, Jewish Theological Seminary; MPhil, New York University; PhD, New York University.
SARAH ZIMMERMAN (2012) Professor. BA, Ohio University; MA, PhD, University of California-Berkeley.

Affiliated Faculty

HOLLY FOLK, Associate Professor, Department of Global Humanities and Religions.
KITTY FRIESEN, Archives and Records Management.
MARK I. GREENBERG, Director of Faculty Global Engagement, Institute for Global Engagement.
ELIZABETH JOFFRION, Director of Heritage Resources.
ANTHONY KURTZ, University Archivist/Records Manager.
KIMBERLY LYNN, Professor, Department of Global Humanities and Religions.
JONATHAN MIRAN, Professor, Department of Global Humanities and Religions.
SCOTT PEARCE, Professor, Department of Global Humanities and Religions.
RUTH STEELE, Archivist. Center for the Pacific Northwest Studies. 
MIDORI TAKAGI, Associate Professor. Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Other Departmental Information

Mid-Program Checkpoint

A student seeking to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in history within a four-year time span should have completed at least three courses from HIST 103, 104, 111, 112, 113, 121, 131, 141, 151, 158, 220, 232, 233, 262, 263, 265, 268, 273, 274, 275, 277, 278, 280, 281, 285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290 or EAST 201 or 202 by the start of the junior year. Major omissions from this list will make it difficult or impossible to complete this degree within two additional years.

Graduate Study

For the Master of Arts degree, see the Graduate School  section of this catalog.


    Undergraduate MajorUndergraduate Combined MajorUndergraduate MinorGraduate



      Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400, 500 are described in the University Academic Policies  section of this catalog.

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