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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. As a community of faculty, staff, and students it teaches us to look beyond appearance, to evaluate something with clarity and disinterest, to discover and investigate all the causes of an event and evaluate their relative importance.
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.
Meet the people in our department and find out how to join our community
Explore our programs to learn how we study history through courses and requirements that balance diversity and flexibility with intellectual rigor and engagement
Go beyond the textbook to see how our students, alumnae and faculty are discovering, researching (and writing about), and funding the histories that haven't been told
See how our students and alumni use historical thinking every day in their internships, careers, in their lives, in the world, and for a lifetime
Find important forms, resources for studying history, how to apply for research money, and how to keep up to date on current history research
The stories of history majors in their research, internships, careers, and graduate programs
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