History & Global studies Department

The history and global studies curriculum provides students with an understanding of the forces which have shaped the past and continue to influence the world today. Our program encourages the development of the critical skills necessary to make educated choices that will determine the future. In short, we prepare students to embrace an ever-changing world.

We examine life in a global community through required courses in World Civilizations and U.S. History, and deepen that understanding through core electives such as European History, Comparative Government, and Economics. In addition, we offer the opportunity to study a range of topics including International Relations, the Soviet Union and Contemporary Russia, Hitler and Nazi Germany, and Native American history. Furthermore, through our religion and philosophy courses, the department hopes to introduce students to the ideas, beliefs, cultures, and spiritual writings of the world’s greatest religions and philosophical traditions.

History and global studies faculty aim to foster their students’ curiosity and help them develop the skills necessary to stimulate and facilitate lifelong learning. Students learn that history is not a static body of dates and facts, but an evolving series of interpretations of the past. Through the process of reading and writing, as well as problem-solving discussions, students learn to investigate historical questions, analyze sources, and effectively express their ideas. Through the Williston+ program and our relationships with the Five Colleges, students can take advantage of unique opportunities to participate in special lectures, workshops, and visits to the nearby colleges that are part of Williston’s vibrant academic community.

As our students develop a critical understanding of their world, we hope to inspire their self-confidence to become engaged citizens who exercise both independence of thought and respect for individual differences in their search for truth and justice.

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