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.
The History of Anti-Black Racism in America Lecture Series and Seminar
In the inaugural Provost and Dean of the Faculty’s Lecture Series, four of the nation’s foremost scholars of African American history will explore the theme of the history of anti-Black racism in America.
The Purpose and Politics of Education
Women of Color and the Emergence of U.S. Third World Feminist Left
Investigate the history of Asian American women and other women of color solidarities and activisms in the emergence of the U.S. Third World Feminist Left during the 1960s and 1970s.
Race, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. History
Learn critical theories of difference in thinking and writing about the past and read major works that chart the history of the very concepts of race, gender, and sexuality.
History Department Prizes
The department awards the Alfred F. Havighurst Prize, The Asa J. Davis Prize, and The John Petropulos Prize.
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.
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.Read more