Associate Professor of History Kelly Whitmer has been awarded a research fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
The study of history is at the core of a liberal arts education. History teaches us how to draw meaning from scattered yet still lingering traces of peoples’ lives and environments, to apprehend change over time and to account for the variety of the human experience. To understand the present, we have to study the past because the problems, conflicts, and questions that previous generations confronted are now ours; they inhabit the world we have inherited.
Why study history at Sewanee?
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.
FIRST DESTINATIONS: HISTORY MAJORS
Sewanee graduates secure positions in a variety of fields. Some you would expect, others are a bit of a surprise. Sewanee prepares you for your profession and your passion. Below is a sampling of recent graduates' first jobs.
- Analyst, Merrill Lynch, Boston, Massachusetts.
- History teacher, Arete Preparatory Academy, Gilbert, Arizona.
- Law clerk, Wakefield and Associates, Denver, Colorado.
- Legislative intern, U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C.
- Arts & humanities presenter, Discovery Children's Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Marketing and promotions assistant, Duke University Athletic Department, Durham, North Carolina.
- Media consultant, Meltwater, Inc. Washington, D.C.
GRADUATE SCHOOL & PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS: HISTORY MAJORS
Sewanee graduates enjoy extraordinary acceptance rates to top graduate and pre-professional programs–about 95 percent to law school and over 85 percent to medical school. Below is a sampling of where Sewanee grads continue their education.
- M.S. in environmental policy, University of Cambridge.
- M.S. in commerce & marketing, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia.
- M.D., Trinity School of Medicine
- J.D. ,Tulane University Law School
- J.D., Washington University School of Law