History examines the past through various lenses –– social, political and intellectual; textual and material –– enriching us as individuals and preparing us to engage the complexities and ambiguities of the contemporary world. Join us!
Our department of a dozen faculty members offers a variety of courses and perspectives on the remote and recent histories of the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and East Asia. It supports programs in Africana Studies, East Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Russian Area Studies, and Women and Gender Studies, and offers courses in the history of science. History courses emphasize careful reading and analysis of original sources in order to approach the past on its own terms. But we also stress that studying history is an interpretive process requiring attention to methods, theories, and scholarly debates. The training students receive in research skills, critical analysis, and expository writing prepares them to pursue careers in business, education, law, public service and a variety of other professions. The History major is compact enough that many students choose to double major, add a minor, or just sample broadly the rest of the W&L curriculum.
50 Years Later: Remembering the Kennedy Assassination
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, two W&L historians talk about the event from their very different perspectives. Ted DeLaney, associate professor of histo...
W&L Research Aims to Increase Parental Involvement at Maury River Middle School
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
W&L senior Angie Tillander's project assists NEXT after-school program
What Day Is It?
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
September 17 is Constitution Day, and Washington and Lee is observing the 226th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution with a variety of activities.
Merchant to Present Constitution Day Lecture at W&L
Thursday, September 12, 2013
J. Holt Merchant, professor of history emeritus, will discuss George Washington and the Constitution for the annual Constitution Day event on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
American Welfare State Topic of Hendricks Law and History Lecture
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
On Thursday, September 19, Michele Landis Dauber of Stanford Law School will deliver the 2013 Hendricks Lecture in Law and History.