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History

415 Lehman Hall
212-854-2159
history.barnard.edu
Department Administrative Assistant: Sully Rios  

Chair: Lisa Tiersten (Professor)
Professors: Mark C. Carnes, Joel Kaye, Dorothy Ko, Robert A. McCaughey (Janet H. Robb Chair in the Social Sciences), Jose Moya, Rosalind N. Rosenberg, Herbert Sloan, Deborah Valenze, Nancy Woloch (Adjunct)
Associate Professors: Nara Milanich, Celia Naylor, Anupama Rao, Carl Wennerlind
Assistant Professors: Gergely Baics, Deborah R. Coen, Elizabeth Esch, Abosede George 

Other officers of the University offering courses in History:

Professors: Volker Berghahn, Richard Billows, Elizabeth Blackmar, Casey Blake, Alan Brinkley, Christopher Brown, Richard Bulliet, Elisheva Carlebach, Mamdou Diouf, Nicholas Dirks, Barbara Fields, Eric Foner, Carol Gluck, Victoria de Grazia, William V. Harris, Martha Howell, Kenneth Jackson, Alice Kessler-Harris, Rashid Khalidi, William Leach, Mark Mazower, Samuel Moyn, Mae Ngai, Susan Pedersen, David Rosner, David J. Rothman, Simon Schama, Pamela Smith, Michael Stanislawski, Nancy Leys Stepan, Anders Stephanson, Marc Van De Mieroop, Richard Wortman, Marcia Wright, Madeleine Zelin
Associate Professors: Charles Armstrong, Janaki Bakhle, Matthew Connelly, Matthew Jones, Adam Kosto, Gregory Mann, Adam McKeown, Pablo Piccato, Samuel Roberts
Assistant Professors: Evan Haefeli, Rebecca Kobrin, Natasha Lightfoot, Christine Philliou, Sarah Phillips, Caterina Pizzigoni, Neslihan Senocak, Emma Winter

Mission

History encompasses the whole of human experience, helping us understand ourselves in the context of our times and traditions through the study of times and traditions other than our own. History means not only the record of the past but also the discipline of investigating and interpreting the past. The study of history develops habits of critical thinking and effective writing, as well as it cultivates the careful analysis of various types of quantitative and qualitative evidence. It should be of value not only to undergraduates who intend to pursue advanced degrees in the field, but also to students interested in exploring the diversity and complexity of the human past, even as they hone their analytical and expository skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a major in History should be able to attain the following objectives:

  • Use and evaluate primary materials through critical reading and interpretation
  • Understand the difference between primary materials and secondary materials
  • Use and evaluate secondary materials through critical reading and interpretation
  • Develop critical writing skills
  • Gain exposure to theories and methods of historical study
  • Explore in depth and gain a good acquaintance with the history of a geographic area, a period, or  a theme