History Department

The History Department at Stonehill takes students on a journey of exploration through time and space. Watch ancient Carthaginians at war, Irish immigrants braving the frigid Atlantic for a New World, atomic scientists weaponizing nuclear power and much, much more.

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Alissa Andrews ’18 Earns D’Agostino Prize or Excellence in History

For her award-winning senior thesis project, which won this year’s D’Agostino Prize for Excellence in History, Alissa Andrews ’18 explored the process of self-reinvention among runaway servants in Colonial New England.

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Professor’s first book published by renowned university press

Schooling Diaspora is being released under the imprint of the Oxford University Press this month. It is a significant accomplishment for authors, especially in academia, to have their first book published.

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Professor publishes book based on 10 year’s work with 325-year old ledger

Wadsworth turned the Colonial-era ledger into a valuable annotated transcription in his book called “The World of Credit in Colonial Massachusetts: James Richard and His Daybook.”

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Amanda Berthold ’16 Awarded Ninth Annual D’Agostino Prize for Excellence in History

Berthold's thesis, “‘Strangers in This Country’: A Case Study of Scottish Immigrants in Pre-Revolutionary Boston,” improved and expanded on previous scholarship by compiling a database of Scotch immigrants in pre-Revolutionary Boston.

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No dry litany of dates and events, the study of History at Stonehill College involves students directly in the process of historical discovery, debate, and interpretation.

Few majors are more diverse, or more dynamic, for students of history study nation-states and individuals, personal diaries and ancient artifacts, drawing on the most cutting-edge research methodologies in the humanities and social sciences for answers. Exploring the breadth of the human past and the forces of historical change equips History majors with the broad and informed perspective to be leaders of change in the 21st century.

Leading Scholars, Inspiring Teachers

Our students are educated by dedicated teacher-scholars from the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the country. With their guidance, students focus both on decisive events and broad patterns of culture that have shaped our world through a series of introductory and advanced courses such as:

  • Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration
  • Heretics, Reformers and Radicals: Women & Power in American History
  • History of Islamic World I and II
  • United States Popular Culture, and Lincoln and His America
  • A World at War

Looking Back to Prepare for What’s Ahead

The History Department provides its students with the intellectual tools to read critically, to conduct research effectively, and to write and communicate persuasively. These skills provide an ideal foundation for a dynamic range of professions and careers such as:

  • Law
  • Education
  • Business
  • Museums
  • Public history
  • Journalism
  • Library science
  • Non-profit leadership
  • Public service

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