A major in History emphasizes the study of the past as central to the understanding of human experience. A focus on the past illuminates the complex origins of contemporary values and institutions, as well as the debates and conflicts that ultimately secured them and continue in our own time; it reveals the multiple possibilities of organizing political, economic, cultural, social, and intellectual relations around the world; and it privileges the critical import of distance, both in time and space, for continuing to think differently about the possibilities of human endeavor. The offerings of the Scripps History Department are especially rich in U.S., European, and Latin American History, and they highlight the importance of race, gender, sexuality, and critical theory for an understanding of human experience in the past. The requirements for the major combine introductory courses and specialized seminars and insist upon the critical reflection of historical methodologies for the production of historical knowledge. These goals are pursued through the careful reading and analysis of primary and secondary texts in both discussion and writing.

In order to enable students to devise a satisfying course of study, the department encourages students to benefit from the comprehensive offerings of the History departments at the other Claremont colleges. It also allows students to devise innovative concentrations beyond the history of nation states and societies and to take courses in neighboring fields such as gender and women’s studies, anthropology, queer studies, art history, literature, and politics to enrich their historical studies.

History Alumnae Spotlight

Willa Oddleifson"Majoring in History has driven how I see the world, and see my own life."

Willa Oddleifson, class of 2013
History major; French minor

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Faculty List


Aisenberg, Andrew

Professor of History; Nathaniel Wright Stephenson Chair in History and Biography; Chair, Department of Humanities Major
Phone: 73198

Alemu, Amy

Assistant Professor of History

Arguello, Martha

Visiting Assistant Professor in Africana Studies and History

Forster, Cindy

Professor of History; Chair, Department of Latin American & Caribbean Studies; Chair, Department of History
Phone: 72807

Geerken, John

Professor of History

Liss, Julia E.

Professor of History; Mary W. Johnson And J. Stanley Johnson Professorship In Humanities
Phone: 73541

Soliman, Maryan

Associate Professor of Africana Studies
Phone: 77979

Tazzara, Corey

Associate Professor of History
Phone: 79015
Mailbox 4017