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History

In the History Department at Carthage, students enter a vibrant arena created to open and develop their minds. Our courses seek to challenge students’ assumptions of how the world works, ideas evolve, and peoples and nations move through time and space.

Majors and Minors Offered

History Major
History Minor

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Carthage history majors excel in fields like business, law, education, and public service, and lifetime earnings for history majors are higher than in many fields that sound more practical. We believe that’s because there are no shortcuts to becoming a valuable member of any community.

At Carthage, historians engage in that process of becoming by taking part in experiences that grow you into the best version of yourself.

Forget the endless lists of historical names and dates you memorized in high school. Do you experience what Carl Sagan called the “ecstasy of understanding”? Does it give you a thrill to figure out why things are the way they are? That’s the kind of history we pursue. 

Unique Classes

Scaffolding

Students learn the challenging (and highly transferable) skills to become historians over three years. In your sophomore year, Historical Methods introduces you to the craft. As a junior, Historiography stretches your abilities to read and process heavy loads of complex information. Finally, as a senior you’re ready to ask and answer meaningful questions on your own. A successful senior thesis uses raw data, together with existing literature, to make a “modest contribution to knowledge.”

Simulations and Team Teaching

Wrap up in your rebozo or put on your sombrero to relive the Mexican Revolution. Students in the History of Mexico course use primary sources to plot assassinations, overthrow governments, and even engage one another’s armies on the battlefield. Many of our classes employ a teaching tool called “Reacting to the Past.” Students take on roles of historical figures. All Carthage students take at least one team-taught, interdisciplinary course. A Carthage Symposium engages one topic from two points of view. An economist may pair up with a historian, or an artist with a theologian, to explore how the same subject can look from the perspective of two different disciplines.

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“Students are given opportunities to research original topics and to present at conferences. …This is excellent preparation not only for graduate school, but also for careers in a variety of fields.”
— Matt Wehmeier ’15

2015 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Germany

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