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About the Department

History is essential to all knowledge because everything has a past. History majors at Middlebury learn to craft arguments and tell stories based on primary and secondary documents from geographical regions and peoples from across the globe.  The members of the department also specialize in many different approaches to history, from social, political and intellectual to environmental, ethnic and gender including the history of science medicine and technology.  We expect that every History major will take courses in a variety of fields and will familiarize themselves with different ways of interpreting the past.

Our major program is unique in structure and unrivaled in depth.  Students graduate from the department having learned the basic skills of historical analysis and writing through a variety of lecture and seminar courses, as well as through extended research projects.  History majors go on to careers in a wide variety of areas, from law and finance to teaching and international service, medicine, science and the digital economy.

Our faculty combines a deep commitment to teaching with active scholarly research that keeps them up-to-date in their areas of specialization. With the exception of upper-level 400-level courses, there are no prerequisites to courses in the history department, and course numbers reflect fields of study, not degrees of difficulty.  All courses designated with the HIST prefix - count towards the major or minor. The HIS tag (usually at the end of course descriptions) denotes college wide history distribution requirements. Classes outside of the history department with the HIS tag do not necessarily count towards the history major or minor. Courses that fulfill the requirements in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Track will carry the HSMT tag in their description.

Department of History

Axinn Center at Starr Library
15 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

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Axinn Center at Starr Library
15 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753