The History Department's courses attempt to instill the idea that “history” is an ever–changing, individual reinterpretation of the past. To understand history, one must therefore understand the historian.
In all of our history courses, students are challenged to think for themselves, engage their peers’ ideas, and to balance differing interpretations as they establish and hone historical thinking skills. Our other social science courses, such as Comparative Government or Psychology, demonstrate the forces of change that shape society's institutions, values, and culture.
Visit our Curriculum Guide for a full list of academic requirements and course descriptions.
This two-year course combines AP U.S. and AP European History, allowing for a broader lens to explore historical phenomena on both sides of the Atlantic, embracing the globalized approach of modern historical research. A close study of the American constitution, for example, is supported by prior study of the Enlightenment. Students will be expected to engage in a project in the summer between the two years of the course.
Each summer, students enrolled in the two-year course Advanced History of the West spend two weeks traveling through Europe, translating their classroom lessons into real-life experiences.
The current events offers a venue for students to engage in conversations about important and relevant topics happening across the globe. Above all, students are encouraged to openly express their ideas in civil conversations with each other.