Department of

History

Making the Past Present

“History teaches everything, including the future”
— Alphonse de Lamartine

Discover your future with the Washington College history department.

Our faculty is passionate about history. Dr. Richard Striner is known for wearing vintage clothing to class. The professors are mentors who enjoy collaborating with their students. For her latest book, Dr. Carol Wilson asked one of her students to compile the index.

Students also do their own independent research. All students must complete a senior capstone, and there are fellowships and internships sponsored by the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, as well as opportunities to submit work to competitions sponsored by the Phi Alpha Theta honor society.

History comes alive here on Fridays in the spring and fall, when students and faculty play town ball on the campus green. The college, one of the oldest in the nation, and Chestertown, with its charming buildings and rich history, are valuable resources to anyone interested in American history.

Understanding the past is key to understanding the future. What does your future hold?

  • Author Colin Calloway wins the 2019 George Washington Prize.
    “The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation” examines Washington’s lifelong engagement with Native Americans.
  • Students are spellbound learning about a 13th-century Parisian Bible on a special visit to the University of Pennsylvania ...
    An interdisciplinary minor in medieval and early modern studies will be offered for the first time this fall.
  • Maria Betancur Cardona ’20

    With scholarship funding from Pi Delta Phi, the national French honor society, Maria Betancur Cardona ’20 has been selected to study at the American University in Paris this summer.

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