• History at Hamline

    History is a fascinating and versatile field of study. Drawing as it does upon the ideas and methods of a wide range of disciplines, a history major provides excellent preparation for graduate study in the humanities and social sciences as well as for many careers in the private and public sector, including law and politics.

    The Hamline history major emphasizes critical thinking and the analysis of texts and context. A Hamline history major teaches students to evaluate and gather evidence, and how to frame coherent and persuasive arguments and explanations of individual and social actions and events. The department emphasizes the development of excellent research and writing skills. Our many comparative courses offer students the opportunity to compare and contrast situations, events, and cultures.

    Whether you are intrigued by novelist L.P. Hartley’s famous comment that “the past is a foreign country: they do things differently there,” are more inclined to read the past as prologue, or join William Faulkner in insisting that “the past is never dead. It’s not even past,” the Hamline History Department has a lot to offer you. Faculty and fellow students will challenge your commonsense notions about what has come before and help you to develop the skills you need to understand and engage the intellectual and moral issues of the past as well as of the present.

    History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.

    -Napoleon Bonaparte

    The first method of history is to take an arbitrarily selected series of continuous events and examine it apart from others, though there is and can be no beginning to any event for one event always flows uninterruptedly from another.

    - Tolstoy, War and Peace, 1865-69

    his·to·ry: A narrative of events; a story.

    - American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, 2000

    An account of facts respecting nations or states; a narrative of events in the order in which they happened with their causes and effects.

    - Noah Webster, Webster’s Dictionary, 1828

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  • News

    History Professor John Mazis wrote a letter that was published in New York Times in response to a recent article about the political bent of academia.

    John Mazis, chair of the History Department, was selected by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Center for Hellenic Studies to participate in the Histories of Herodotus seminar from July 25-31, 2016.

    John Mazis, professor of history, will attend the summer seminar Histories of Herodotus in July, 2016 which takes place in Washington D.C. The event is sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and organized by the Center for Hellenic Studies.