Welcome to the History Department

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History encompasses the whole of human experience, helping us understand ourselves in the context of our times and traditions through the study of times and traditions other than our own. History means not only the record of the past but also the discipline of investigating and interpreting the past. The study of history develops habits of critical thinking and effective writing, as well as it cultivates the careful analysis of various types of quantitative and qualitative evidence. It should be of value not only to undergraduates who intend to pursue advanced degrees in the field, but also to students interested in exploring the diversity and complexity of the human past, even as they hone their analytical and expository skills.


Attention Students: There are now sample syllabi for BC History courses for student reference during registration for the upcoming semester(s). The syllabi may not be updated, but they are provided just to give you an indication of the topics and workload.

Seeking Asylum: History, Politics, & the Pursuit of Justice at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Prof. Nara Milanich
This seminar explores the roots of and responses to the contemporary refugee “crisis.” It is organized around a collaboration with the Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP), an organization that provides legal counsel to detainees at the largest immigration prison in the country, located in Dilley, Texas. The class will travel over spring break to Dilley to serve with DPBP as interpreters and legal assistants. All travel expenses will be covered. Students should be proficient, and preferably fluent, in Spanish. The course meets T/Th 11:40-12:55. 
Admission to the seminar is by application/interview only. Interested students should apply by November 12. The application as well as additional information about the course is available at this link:



Mississippi Semester: Child Care, Race, and the History of Welfare


Prof. Premilla Nadasen

This seminar brings together a small group of students for intensive study about the history of welfare using Mississippi as a case study. The course involves several components: theoretical and historical reading about the evolution of the welfare state, the development of a survey about poverty in Mississippi, and an eight day trip to collect ethnographic data. The course will build upon the data analysis of students who took the course during the Spring of 2018. The course is designed in conjunction with a local advocacy organization, Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative. All housing, transportation, and food costs will be covered.
The course meets Monday/Wednesday- 1:10/2:25
Application is available here: https://goo.gl/forms/r5WrIbluGnDQmgl72
Interviews  will be conducted December 11-13th.