History Faculty

Matt Carroll

Matt Carroll

Dean of Students, History, Head Coach - Boys Soccer, Head Coach - Girls Soccer, Assistant Coach - Boys Squash
Matthew Edmonds

Matthew Edmonds

IV Form Dean, History, Assistant Coach - Boys Basketball, Assistant Coach - Baseball, Baum (IV Form Boys) Dorm Parent
Terence Gilheany

Terence Gilheany

Religious Studies Department Chair, Assistant Coach - Boys Crew, Weekend Duty Head
Meghan Mulhern

Meghan Mulhern

III Form Dean, History, Mathematics, Assistant Coach - Swimming
Emily Pressman

Emily Pressman

Dean of Faculty Professional Development, Dean of Honor, History Department Chair
Will Robinson

Will Robinson

Dean of Student Life, Dean of Sustainability, VI Form Advisor, History, Assistant Coach - Boys Soccer, Weekend Duty Head
Melinda Tower

Melinda Tower

Co-Dean of Studies, History

History

The History Department introduces students to the serious study of the world's civilizations, and cultivates a perspective through which students begin to see themselves as individuals with opportunities and responsibilities in a modern, post-industrial world. With a focus on primary documents, our aim is for students to gain a particular knowledge of their own immediate culture through the study of United States history, as well as to initiate a study of the human condition in the broadest sense of the term.

By learning to evaluate and use evidence to make qualified generalizations, our students develop analytical skills that will serve them in college and beyond. All history courses require short, carefully structured papers that demand close analysis of primary sources, and longer term papers that require extensive research on a particular topic or issue.

Ultimately, we are committed to the notion that the study of history is an integral component in the general humanizing process of a liberal education. We encourage our students, as they study specific periods, cultures, and historical themes, to develop the intellectual skepticism and analytical rigor to identify demagoguery, hagiography, and the parochialisms of ethnicity and gender.

History Department News

History Requirements

Students must take a minimum of two yearlong course credits in history, including one in United States history, and two semester-long electives (one elective should be a Research Seminar taken in the junior spring or senior year). A third semester-long elective beyond these two years is also recommended but not required.

The U.S. history requirement may be fulfilled in any year, but we prefer it to be the first history course a student takes at St. Andrew's. Incoming III Form students are required to take U.S. History. Students entering the V and VI Forms may gain an exemption from this requirement if they have taken a comparable course in high school before enrolling at St. Andrew's. 


History Courses

Yearlong Courses

Semester-long Electives