It is the teacher’s job to share his or her passion for the subject and to show the student why the material is worth their time.
Here, history and political science courses provide learning experiences that involve critical thinking and personal decision making. For example:
- You are a Puritan colonist in Massachusetts Bay in the 17th century. Can you prove you are not a witch?
- You are participating in the French Revolution. Do you want to kill the king?
- You are a hippie in the US in the 1960s. Are you a feminist?
You and a team of classmates might also create a project to analyze the effects of outsourcing by investigating labor conditions in countries where your own clothes were made. You may retell the story of the U.S. Civil War through the letters of a Confederate Soldier; or the story of factory work through the diaries of a female airplane mechanic during WWII; or, maybe, the story of escaping from a Soviet prison by analyzing a documentary movie secretly made in the 1960s.
Clarke students have the opportunity to enroll in courses in U.S. history and European history as well as the history of Modern Asia, Latin America, and courses in Modern World Politics and Constitutional Law. In Topics Courses, the department experiments with non-traditional subjects of interest and various teaching techniques. Examples include Terrorism, Harry Potter, U.S. Modern Sports, and Women’s History.
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Our Students & Alumni
The skill set I received through being a history major at Clarke makes me successful today, whether I am researching, writing, understanding, or presenting.
The professors are wonderful and very student-centered. Class sizes are small and engaging.
The median annual wage for history teachers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
One-on-one instruction from Ph.D.-level faculty.
The high placement rate of Clarke graduates attests to the quality of the history department.