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“[A] serious effort to understand the interplay of change and continuity in human affairs is the only adequate introduction human beings can have to the confusing flow of events that constitutes the actual, adult world.”
- William H. McNeill, “Why Study History”
Alma’s history program offers courses on Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Subject matter spans an extensive range of time periods and cultures, addressing special topics like the history of public health, religion, immigration and ethnicity, foreign policy, the American Constitution and law.
Alma’s history majors take advantage of special opportunities such as the Smith and Mitchell Fellowships, Posey Global Fellowships and topical Spring Term courses as well as class-based and independent research projects that lead to conference presentations and publication in academic journals.
“While focusing on contemporary approaches to protect human rights, the conference brought together international scholars, attorneys, civic leaders and other experts to discuss how to build on Montesinos’ legacy.” — Ed Lorenz
As a discipline, history offers as compelling a framework for business decision making as any of the courses of study more commonly championed by those inside city skyscrapers and suburban office parks.
Dr. Richard S. Gibson (’69) reflects on the impact that the study of history has had on his life and career, equipping him for “a very volatile yet exciting work world and economy.”