The study of history puts a man in his proper place in relation to the world. As Polybius shows us, the study of history is vital in training a man for a public life – a life concerned with the welfare of his people and country. History is where we see the intersection of the moral and immoral with the prudent and imprudent. By examining the causes of human action, history helps us to do the right thing in the right way. As Americans we are all called to live public lives, and so therefore the study of History is essential.

The goals of the History curriculum are:

  1. To form the students’ historical imagination so that they can see their place in the continuum of Western history.
  2. To teach the students to see the discipline of history as not just a catalogue of facts, but as an examination of the causes of human action.
  3. To teach the students to read historical texts closely.
  4. To teach the students to write analytically and intelligently, and to speak and debate articulately, about historical texts and subjects.
  5. To use history as the medium through which the students consider the perennial issues of philosophy; and to introduce the students to philosophical readings alongside their history texts.

History Courses