Department of History

The study, practice and use of history at Mount Holyoke offer an exciting and challenging contribution to the liberal arts curriculum

History is a critical and analytical method of inquiry into our collective past based on our cumulative experience, informed understanding, and careful judgment. Using evidence from the past, historians investigate the relationship between cause and effect and between agency and responsibility to understand better how things change over time. These general habits of sorting through the past allow us to appreciate the profound differences between ourselves and others and to imagine (and to some degree experience) the world as men and women have in times now lost and in places we shall never see. We invite you to learn more about our department and to visit us at our home in Skinner Hall.