History involves critical thinking and increased empathy for the human condition. History cultivates an appreciation of complexity and contingency (understanding the world not just for what it became, but also for the multiple possibilities inherent in each historical setting), and the insight that can only be won by thinking over broad timescales. Students of history at Sewanee acquire a skillset of finely honed analytical and rhetorical tools by learning how to read and pose analytical and historiographical questions of diverse and wide-ranging materials, both secondary and primary, and how to write argumentative histories of their own that are supported by a firm evidentiary backing.

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For more information about the History Department, please reach out the chair, Dr. Kelly J. Whitmer. 

History Courses

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