History

Deep learning is at the core of a Thacher education. Our History Department is no different.

Here, you’ll find students engaged in rigorous class discussions and tackling analytical writing assignments more often than you’ll find them memorizing dates and discrete facts for a test. This approach is tied to the belief that gaining a deep understanding of complex historical issues can and should allow our students to become more empathetic global citizens, with the tools to effect positive change in our diverse and evolving world.

Our Courses

When it comes to curriculum, our history faculty regularly reshape core courses and electives to ensure they continue to be engaging, authentic, and relevant. This emphasis on flexibility is a win-win, allowing faculty to focus on areas of expertise and interest, and students to have a say in the topics they study. The department routinely polls students about which junior and senior electives they would like to see, and sophomores can choose from a diverse selection of courses, including the histories of Africa, China, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Pacific Rim.

Contemporary Context

Thacher’s history department strives to connect the past to the most pressing contemporary issues, integrating examinations of diversity, citizenship, race, sustainability, and social justice leadership into its courses. In this way, we aim to prepare students for global citizenship in the 21st century.

- Alice

From the rigorous analysis of primary sources to discussing paper writing strategies to in-class debates…the history faculty taught me how to think beyond the easy and to seek out more complex analyses of the past. That history at Thacher prepared me so tremendously to tackle college courses with a sense of confidence in my analytical abilities is a testament to the strength and rigor of the program as well as the teachers who enact it.

Cambridge, Massachusetts