ChooseWhy Choose This Program?
Why Study History at Goucher?
The history program not only acquaints students with different ages, societies, and cultures, but it also develops powers of writing, speaking, and thinking. The curriculum is organized to provide students with general knowledge, as well as technical competencies essential in such fields as business, law, government, teaching, publishing, and museum and archival work. Practice and theory are linked through internships in agencies, libraries, archives, museums, preservation organizations, historical societies, governmental agencies, and at historic sites for practical experience.
LearnWhat Will You Learn?
What Will You Learn?
History is human life recreated from the tracks our ancestors left behind them. In its modern form, the study of history equips students with analytical skills and research techniques of immense practical and vocational value. History majors can choose an optional concentration in secondary education, with certification in history or social studies.
Majors will also be expected to gain geographic breadth by taking one course in each of our three major areas: the United States, Europe, and the non-Western world (Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East). Learn More
DoWhat Will You Do?
What Will You Do?
After graduation, many Goucher history majors attend top graduate programs such as at Columbia University and American University, while others embark on careers in local, state, and federal government; law; politics; nonprofit organizations; museums and historical sites; cultural heritage associations; archives; historical societies; education; and business.
Major & Minor Program Contact
Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Ally Castillo, Visiting Assistant Professor of History: Latin America
James Dator, Assistant Professor of History: Early-Modern Caribbean, African American, and African Diaspora
Evan Dawley, Assistant Professor of History: History of East Asia, especially China, Taiwan, and Japan; colonialism; identity; ethnicity and nationalism; maritime territorial disputes
Matthew Rainbow Hale, Associate Professor of History: Early American History, Atlantic Revolutions, Print Culture
Jean Baker, Bennett-Hartwood Professor of History: U.S. History, 19th Century; Women’s History
Julie Roy Jeffrey, Professor of History: 19th-Century American Reform, especially Abolitionism, Religion, Gender
History majors and minors study abroad in a wide variety of places, including the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Nepal, South Africa, Argentina, Costa Rica, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Students who major or minor in History are encouraged to study abroad for a full semester or through a three-week Intensive Course Abroad (ICA). A recent ICA co-led by Assistant Professor of History Evan Dawley took students to Taiwan and Japan. The course description for that class reads as follows:
The Past in the Present from Tokyo to Taipei (5)
By visiting sites in Japan and Taiwan, this course will give students the opportunity to directly experience and assess how past histories of imperialism, occupation, and war influence the world of the present. We will seek to understand how Japan’s history of imperial expansion and occupation, and Taiwan’s experience of colonization by Japan and rule by China, are remembered today, and how they have shaped contemporary relations between Taiwan and Japan, and between both places and the United States. This course comprises both a pre-course to be held in the spring before departure (2 credits), and the three-week program overseas following spring commencement (3 credits). The pre-course is mandatory for all students who are on campus. Offered 2016 and alternate years. Dawley and White.
For more information, please visit the Office of International Studies website.
Opportunities & Internships
Students of history and historic preservation are placed in agencies, libraries, archives, museums, preservation organizations, historical societies, governmental agencies, and at historic sites for practical experience. The variety of internships that have been completed under the supervision of this department is evidence of the flexible and creative applicability of degrees in history or historic preservation. Students find internship opportunities through the Career Education Office, through faculty and staff members, or on their own.
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Alumni SpotlightDavid Woodard ’13
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“Goucher was the first place I had to start stepping outside my comfort zone. It helped my fixed mindset of ‘I’m not good at this’ start to change.”
- Image associated with "Goucher College Intercollegiate History Conference at Buchner Hall of the Alumnae/i House"April 27, 2019
This event is a conference at which undergraduates from Goucher and other regional colleges will present their historical research. There will also be a keynote address.
- Image associated with "Becoming Taiwanese: Religion and Ethnogenesis in a Colonial City, 1850s-1950s at Athenaeum"May 1, 2019
Evan N. Dawley, historian of East Asia and colonialism, will speak on a chapter from his recently published book (Harvard Asia Center Press, 2019), in which he argues that...