Welcome to the History Department!
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.
Catch up with History
(NEW SEMINAR SPRING 2021) Seeking Asylum: History, Politics, and the Search for Justice at the US-Mexico Border
(NEW SEMINAR SPRING 2021) Pandemic Tales:Curated Conversations with Migrant Workers
(NEW IMMERSIVE SEMINAR/FALL B 2020) Covid-19 and Care Work: An Oral History Approach
Congratulations to all the graduating History seniors! We are celebrating our Class of 2020 History seniors through a series of Facebook covers showcasing their lives in quarantine and their special memories at Barnard. Barnard College History Department Facebook page