Colby’s history majors gain a broad knowledge of the rich human past and become critical readers, skilled problem solvers, disciplined researchers, and accomplished writers. Students explore the vast scope of human history from a comparative perspective, and also focus on specific time periods, regions of the world, and themes. Faculty expertise includes world history as well as the history of the Middle East, East and Southeast Asia, Africa, the U.S., Europe, Russia, and the Soviet Union. Faculty specialize in global health, the environment, technology, Islam and other world religions, war, gender, Native American and African American history, and more.
History faculty are committed to student learning in a variety of pedagogical settings, including lectures, class discussions, historiographical seminars, senior research seminars, independent research and honors projects with individual faculty members, and study abroad.