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

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

K Professor, Author a Finalist for George Washington Prize

George Washington Prize nominated book Kalamazoo College History Professor James Lewis has been named a finalist for the George [...]

K Professor’s Book Offers New Perspectives on Sierra Leone

Book cover for The Temne of Sierra Leone A new book written by Kalamazoo College Associate Professor of History Joseph Bangura promotes [...]

K History Professor Unveils ‘Burr Conspiracy’ Book

George Washington Prize nominated book Kalamazoo College History Professor James Lewis has released a new book through Princeton [...]

2 K Alumni Among 40 Under 40 Honorees

Crain’s Detroit Business last week honored its 40 Under 40 honorees, and they include [...]

2 Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professor

Faculty Members Promoted Binney Girdler Kalamazoo College faculty members Binney Girdler and James Lewis have been promoted from [...]

Archivists Create Display on Immigrant and International Students at K

Picture from historical display at Upjohn Library Commons Can there be a better metonym for — or higher measure of — the virtues of courage and love [...]

Van Gogh Mystery’s K Connection

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

Public Lecture Explores Historic Treatment of Pueblo People

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 Oral History

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

Internship Offers Experience in Digital and Community History

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