The Classroom Experience

Explore a selection of our courses...

Following are a range of current and past courses offered by the History Department to give a sense of what the experience of taking the course is like in the History Department. First-Year Students can also find advice and guidance in selecting their courses.

Historians can be found in many guises, including in other departments at MHC: Geoffrey S. Sumi, Professor of Classics, Lauret Savoy, Professor of Environmental Studies, Stan P. Rachootin, Professor of Biological Sciences, Erica Moretti, Lecturer in Classics and Italian are all faculty affiliated with the history department.

Taking history courses offered through the five college campuses and the Hampshire Colleges History Department, Amherst College Department of History, Smith College Department of History  and the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of History also offer many additional opportunities.

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Explore the paradoxes of race and African descent via cultural expressions, from music, film, religion, literature, to social movements.
North Carolina Algonquin, 1585, Watercolor, British Museum, London
(FYSEM-101) Explore how the flow of (mis)information shaped exploration, conquest, war, and revolution
Civil Rights Activist Ella Baker
The fight for civil rights has a rich heritage that stretches back to the emancipation era if not before and is not limited by time or place.
Understand the “long civil rights movement” or, the “long Reconstruction,” and how we remain caught up in Reconstruction’s historical arc.
Picket Girls on Duty, Tailor Strike, New York City, 1910
The city's evolution from a remote outpost of the Dutch empire into the world capital of media, finance, immigration, and popular culture
Elvis Presley, full-length portrait, performing onstage, 1956.
Gain a more confident understanding of how America’s current political, cultural, and social landscapes have been shaped and reshaped since WWII