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Department of History and Classics

Department of History and Classics

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Passionate faculty. Curious students. 

These are essential ingredients to the best history departments — like ours.

Our faculty members know their way around the world — from the Americas and Europe to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. They’re also authorities on the issues — from the Renaissance and Reagan, slavery and samurais, women and war, and much more. 

Our students, inside the classroom and beyond it, are captivated by the events and cultures — from Russia and the Reformation to Native Americans and nationalism — that have shaped our world. 

Away from the classroom, internships and our history club bring lessons to life — as does our annual Maymester course, which has taken students to Germany, Poland, Hungary, England, Ireland, and Japan in the past three years.

Whether you want to see the world from your classroom seat or travel it by the seat of your pants, we want you to take the journey with us.  Take a look at some "Fast Facts​" about our department to learn more!  

​What's New?​

Wishing you had signed up for this year's Maymester to Spain and Portugal?  Well, it's not too early to start thinking about next year's Maymester experience: Japan!  Come and learn about Maymester 2017 - "Japan and the US, 1853-Present: Image and Power"​ ​- at an information session on Thursday the 28th.  The event will be at 5pm in Slavin LL03 (The Balfour Center).  Also, note that the course will fulfill a Diversity Proficiency OR a Fine Arts Core, as well as electives for History, Art, and Asian Studies students.  We hope to see you there!   !  

​It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Dr. Donna McCaffrey, longtime member of the Department of History. Dr. McCaffrey was inspiring, passionate, brilliant, and dedicated. She was an amazing educator who influenced thousands of students and a generous colleague who will be dearly missed.  PC offered a wonderful tribute online​, and we ask that you remember her and pray for her family.  

The History Department once again hosted a very successful Rev. Cornelius P. Forster, O.P. Making History Conference in March.  Featuring student scholarship and faculty comments, the event was very well attended, and it was followed by our Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society induction.  Congratulations to all the students who presented, as well as ​the students inducted into Phi Alpha Theta.  Our "Making History" initiative is supported by a generous endowment from the Gladys Brooks Foundation. 

Recent Faculty Accomplishments   

Congratulations to Fred Drogula​, who recently published Commanders and Command in the Roman Republic and Early Empire with The University of North Carolina Press, one of the top presses in his field.  He discussed his latest project as part of PC's Faculty Author Series.  Furthermore, Dr. Drogula has also been serving faithfully as our Faculty Senate President. Great work, professor!  

Dr. Patrick Breen recently published his groundbreaking book, The Land Shall be Deluged in Blood: A New History of the Nat Turner Revolt, with Oxford University Press. The book has been chosen as an alternate in the highly selective History Book Club Series and was chosen for the Military and Library of Science book clubs. It may even come out as an audiobook in the future. Congratulations, Dr. Breen!  

Dr. Colin Jaundrill's Samurai to Soldier: Remaking Military Service in Nineteenth Century Japan will be published with Cornell University Press sometime this summer.        

Congratulations to Dr. Adrian Weimer.  Weimer’s “From Human Suffering to Divine Friendship: Meat out of the Eater and Devotional Reading in Early New England," was recently featured in Early American Literature, one of the top journals in the field. 

Dr. Sharon Murphy received a competitive Abroad Teaching Grant Award from The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) to teach for six weeks next summer in Rome. 

Congrats as well to Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, who was awarded a James and Sylvia Thayer Fellowship at UCLA.  His article, “Comrade Johns: Oregon’s Socialist Presidential Candidate,” appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of Oregon Historical Quarterly.  

​​Congratulations to Korbin Bullard! 

​​Korbin Bullard, History Major from the Class of 2016, was accepted to and will be attending Suffolk University's Master's Program in Healthcare Administration. He was also offered admittance to programs at Seton Hall University and The University of Scranton. Way to go, Korbin!

​The Ruane Center for the Humanities


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