• Department of History and Anthropology

    Welcome from the Department Chair

    F. McKitrick Welcome to the Department of History and Anthropology. Our Web site will introduce you to our faculty, the Department’s undergraduate and graduate course offerings, the requirements of the various majors, minors, and programs, as well as the extracurricular activities connected to the Department. It also will help you in your decision to choose history, anthropology, or geography as a field of study—both as an approach to learning and as preparation for a career.

    Please keep in mind that I, as well as any of our faculty members and the Department Office Coordinator, Ms. Noreen Spinapont, are available to discuss these issues with you in greater depth, as well as address any additional questions you may have.

    Our Department actually contains three academic disciplines: history, anthropology, and geography (including new for this year Geographic Information Systems). Accordingly, we offer undergraduate majors in history, history-political science, history-education, anthropology, and anthropology-education. In addition we offer minors in history, anthropology, archaeology, and geography. The Department also supervises Western Civilization in World Perspective, part of the core curriculum required of all students.

    At the graduate level we have a master’s program in history with specializations in U.S., European, and World History.

    The Department is proud of its distinguished and diverse faculty, both full-time and part-time. They are teachers and scholars whose fields of expertise cover a wide range of sub-disciplines and approaches. We also put great value on our availability to students and on our role as advisors.

    Why choose to study history, anthropology, or geography? The first consideration is that you find the study of the past and human cultures exciting. (This is true in choosing any field: it’s difficult to live with any major, let alone a career, that you don’t enjoy.) Our disciplines also constitute a direct and solid preparation for a number of careers in law, politics, journalism, education, business, and the arts, to name a few. Remember that preparing for a career, as well as for life, involves more than training in specific skills. It requires an education, that is, the development of ways of critical thinking, techniques of research, and an approach to knowledge.

    That’s why you’ll find that our courses not only emphasize the mastery of a particular subject matter but the development of research skills (using both traditional print and electronic sources), and critical argument and interpretation, expressed in both oral and written form (which means, yes, there will be writing, and lots of it). It is the latter, in our view, that is at the heart of a college education and what we strive for in the Department.

    We look forward to meeting with you.

    Best Regards,

    Fred McKitrick