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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.

Thanks to the breadth of topics and flexible course sequencing, many history majors also choose to double major in related subjects like political science, English, business or philosophy.

Alma’s history majors take advantage of special opportunities such as the Smith and Mitchell FellowshipsPosey 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.

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