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History

As Faulkner wrote, "The past isn't dead. It isn't even past."

Students of history might focus on Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, the United States, Africa, or any part of the world; they might investigate the ancient world, the twentieth century, the Renaissance, or any time in between. Regardless of geographic or chronological focus, students at Hampshire connect their findings about the past to the issues and conflicts of the present day.

History is taught not as a series of static events, but as a method of inquiry, encouraging students to develop critical analytic and writing skills and to consider how we create "history." Faculty expect students to ask not only "What happened?" but also, "How do we know what happened and what don't we know?" Students are encouraged to conduct primary research and to pose and answer their own questions.


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Associated Faculty

Hampshire College Professor Aaron Berman
Professor of History
Hampshire College Professor Amy Jordan
Associate Professor of African American History
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Associate Professor of History and Global Migrations
Assistant Professor of South Asian Studies and History
Professor of History, Dean of Critical Social Inquiry
Professor of History and American Studies
Associate Professor of History

Student Project Titles


Sample First-Year Course

Making Sense of the Past

Although many of us have learned history as a conglomeration of facts, dates, and key figures, for professional historians it is a way of knowing, a method for developing an understanding about the relationships of peoples and events in the past. In this course, we engage in studying what is intrinsic to historical thinking and how it might be taught. We do so by engaging in creating historical knowledge using local primary documents and artifacts and by reading cognitive psychology literature on the mental processes historians use. Students complete a local history project, reflect on the thinking involved and on the ways in which such a project could be used in schools.


Sample Courses at Hampshire


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Facilities and Resources

Five College Programs
A number of programs that encourage interdisciplinary approaches to the study of history, politics, and culture are offered through the Five College consortium. Through cross-registration and shared faculty, the five colleges offer programs in East Asian Studies, Peace and World Security Studies, Crossroads in the Study of the Americas, African Studies, International Relations, Women's Studies, Latin American Studies, and Asian/Pacific/American Studies.

Global Migrations Program
The Global Migrations Program at Hampshire College seeks to rethink old cold war paradigms of knowledge and citizenship in light of the unprecedented movements of persons across national and cultural borders that characterize our globalizing world. The program seeks to develop new curricular initiatives that are responsive to these transnational, multicultural movements and the local conflicts over identity, belonging, and citizenship to which they give rise, asking, "What happens when we make migration/movement the focus of our teaching and learning rather than discrete nations/cultures, when we emphasize routes over roots?"

Center for the Book
The Center for the Book examines the changing media of knowledge and its effect on scholarship by offering courses, seminars, lectures, and internships to study how our encounter with the word, from orality and print to digital media, has revolutionized our concept of knowledge and history.

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