History is more than the study of the past. It is an encounter with the cultural possibilities that human beings have confronted over time. The History Department at Whitman encourages that encounter through:

  • A rigorous, multidimensional curriculum that exposes all students to global and comparative perspectives on different regions, eras and methodologies.
  • Close interaction between students and professors whose scholarly interests encompass both ancient and contemporary issues and events.
  • Courses on the histories and cultures of countries and regions across the world, including Europe, Africa, East Asia, the United States, Latin America, the Islamic World, and the Ancient Mediterranean.
  • A relationship with more than 100 study-abroad programs worldwide that offer a further dimension to historical study.