The study of history is a major component of a liberal arts education. As a discipline, it promotes a critical appreciation of contemporary civilization through the study of its historical development. By combining required survey courses in American and modern world history with a comprehensive selection of elective courses, the History Department actively fosters this appreciation. The study of history also emphasizes the refinement of various study and analytical skills useful in other academic disciplines. Students are not only required to master the material presented in lectures and reading assignments, but are also expected to develop and present their own ideas in paper assignments and classroom discussion.
In order to satisfy the Academy’s graduation requirements, students must earn at least three credits in the study of history. Sophomores must take (or have taken) European History in addition to two required history credits. Juniors must take (or have taken) American History. Students entering as freshmen take World History.