New History Department elective explores the "Mediterranean World"
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 Chair Emily Pressman gives a rousing Chapel Talk on the roots of her own love of history and the work of civil rights activist Diane Nash, and urges us to ask ourselves: "What can I do?"
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.
- U.S. History: Interpretations of the Past
- Getting Proximate to the Past: The Practice of Public History at SAS
- Global Studies: Current Issues in American & International Policies
- Advanced Study in History: American Social Reform Movements
- Advanced Study in History: Coming of Age: America in the Early Atomic Era
- Advanced Study in History: Democracy, Power and Empire—Athens in the 5th Century BC
- Advanced Study in History: Empire of Liberty?—The United States in the World
- Advanced Study in History: History of Economic Thought I
- Advanced Study in History: History of Economic Thought II
- Advanced Study in History: Histories of Hate: American Racism and German Anti-Semitism
- Advanced Study in History: Latin American History
- Advanced Study in History: The Mediterranean World 500-1500 (not offered in 2020-2021)
- Advanced Study in History: The Modern Middle East
- Advanced Study in History: Victorious Rome—The Creation of a National Identity through Conflict (not offered in 2020-2021)
- Advanced Study in History: A World at War
- Advanced Study in History: Research Seminar