Through critical exploration of the past, our students and faculty interpret, evaluate and craft narratives that recover lost lives and illuminate how and why societies change over time.

Our courses provoke independent and creative thought. Through a close evaluation of diverse evidence, students learn to generate and defend original arguments, to evaluate and contribute to scholarly conversations, and to reflect on the relationship between past and present.

History Department

History Department Prizes

The department awards the Alfred F. Havighurst Prize, The Asa J. Davis Prize, and The John Petropulos Prize.

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Memorial Hill 2020

See photos of Amherst College students, faculty, staff and alumni as part of Memorial Hill 2020, a photography project by Assistant Professor George Qiao, Haoran Tong ’23 and Kalea Ramsey ’23 recording the college community during COVID-19.

Featured Article

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The Rightness of the Singular ‘They’

Professor Jen Manion defends the use of the gender-neutral singular pronoun 'they,' and explores the historical precedent for its usage in this Los Angeles Times opinion piece.

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