Recommended for First-Year Students
There are many excellent ways to begin your study of history. In selecting courses, you may wish to take a 100-level course that surveys the history of a region or a people. Or you may prefer to begin with a 200-level course that introduces the study of history through a somewhat more focused, topical lens.
Note that these "levels" are not sequential. For 100- and 200-level history courses, they designate levels of specificity or focus rather than levels of required knowledge. (This is not the case for 300-level history courses, which are all more advanced.)
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.
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.