Program Information

Professors: Bangura, Boyer Lewis, Brock, Carroll, Frost, Haus, Lewis (Chair)

Historical narrative occupies a central position in a liberal arts education. Such education equips individuals to understand and appreciate the world and to meet its challenges. The study of History contributes much to these ends, maintaining that people and societies are, in important respects, the products of their past; therefore, the story of the past provides insight helpful to both personal and social development.

History stands at the core of a liberal arts education, moreover, since one aim of that education is to integrate the various disciplines. Taking as its subject a narrative of individuals and society in the past, History draws upon all disciplines to discuss that past. It provides a narrative framework for the study of other disciplines and helps the advanced student integrate various academic perspectives.

History Department News

Van Gogh Mystery’s K Connection

PBS will premiere Van Gogh’s Ear on Wednesday, December 14, (check local listings) and, [...]

Public Lecture Explores Historic Treatment of Pueblo People

Nora Naranjo Morse will deliver the annual Phi Beta Kappa lecture at Kalamazoo College on [...]

K Professor and Students Use Grant to Breathe Life Into History

Assistant Professor of Japanese Noriko Sugimori will use a three-year grant from the Andrew W. [...]

Internship Offers Experience in Digital and Community History

History major Kierra Verdun ’18 wasn’t planning on completing an internship this summer, but [...]

Distant Mirror

Like its century-in-the-future counterpart, the class of ’16 (1916!) faced its share of campus [...]

African Languages as Literary Medium

Kalamazoo College’s African studies program invites everyone to the public lecture, [...]

War Crimes Trial Anniversary Occasion for Human Rights Workshop

A workshop on human rights (April 14-16) at Kalamazoo College will offer the opportunity for [...]

Happy 104th!

In response to a prompt (called “Truths”) in an old class reunion questionnaire [...]

Our “Miller’s Tale”

Move over, Chaucer! Kalamazoo College has its own “Miller’s Tale,” that of Alisa [...]

Coming to the ’Zoo? Lucky You!

That’s the theme of a recent (June 25) Washington Post article (“You’re going where? [...]