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The study of history enables students to understand change and continuity across time in the United States, Europe and the world.
History majors at Emmanuel have the opportunity to look at cultures and civilizations both nearby and remote as they study Boston’s neighborhoods, the Iberian presence in the Atlantic world or the ideals of the ancient Chinese. Examining instances of beauty, progress and success on the world stage as well as episodes of carnage, cruelty and injustice familiarizes students with the range and commonality of human experience and gives perspective on the present.
Analyzing historical records and interpretations enables students to become more perceptive, confident and sophisticated writers and thinkers. The department provides training in research methods, theories of history, and the opportunity for applied work through a broad range of internship choices in archives, libraries, museums, and governmental and media agencies.
Emmanuel’s history program takes students far behind names and dates, encouraging the analyzation of historic events and ideologies to explore the range and commonality of the human experience and its influence on the present.See what we offer
OUR FACULTY AND STUDENTS
Faculty research, publish and present in their field and often collaborate side-by-side with students to help them explore their disciplines in greater depth, building on knowledge gained in the classroom and offering a unique hands-on, real-world experience. At Emmanuel, there’s an energy on campus that brings people and ideas together - in the classroom, across campus, throughout Boston and beyond.Learn more about who we are
Ravagnoli Chairs Session, Presesnts Paper at Conference
Assistant Professor Violetta Ravagnoli chaired a session on the panel, "Transnational Migration and Settlement in Global Asia," at the New York Conference of Asian Studies, "Global Asia: Social, Cultural, and Political Spheres" at Vassar College in October 2015. She also presented her paper, "Toward a Global Oral History" at the conference.
EC Faculty Speak at PAMLA Conference
In November 2015, Associate Professor of History Melanie Murphy was a speaker at the session, "European Testimonies of Political Repression," that took place at the 113th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) in Portland, Oregon. Modern Languages department chair Jose Alvarez-Fernandez served as presiding officer.Read more
Parr Presents on Research in Mass., N.H.
Adjunct professor Jessica Parr presented a paper, "Dispensations of Providence: The Evolution of New England's Religious Social Networks, 1700-1775," to the Colloquium at the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture at the College of William and Mary on November 10th. She also gave a book talk at the Portsmouth Athenaeum in New Hampshire on November 12th.
Harrington '16 Publishes Article on "Dazzle" Ships
History major Katie Harrington '16, who also worked as an intern at the Marine Museum at Fall River, saw her article "World War I camouflage ships still 'Dazzle' fashion world" published in the Herald News in January 2016. The ships' geometric patterns and bold colors - used protect American and British ships from German U-boat attacks - had a lasting impact on the fashion industry.Read more
Fortin Awarded Paul Cuffe Fellowship
In 2015, Assistant Professor of History Jeffrey Fortin was awarded the Paul Cuffe Memorial Fellowship for the Study of Minorities in American Maritime History at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Conn. The fellowships are offered to encourage research and writing that considers the participation of Native and African Americans in the maritime activities of New England, primarily its southeastern shores.
Murphy Publishes on Judaism, Speaks at Regional Conference
Associate Professor Melanie Murphy has an entry on "Honor, Judaism, Modern Judaism" in The Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, (2015), published by DeGruyter. On April 2, 2016, she also presented on "Gentleman's Agreement" in world historical perspective at the New England Regional World History Association.
Marion Contributes Chapter to New Book on Latin America
Associate Professor and Department Chair Javier Marion will have a book chapter published in Cultural History of Latin America, (Routledge Press, 2016). The chapter is titled, "Yampara Identity and Historical Agency: The Jumbate and the Tarabuco."
Ravagnoli Presents at AAS in Seattle
In April, Assistant Professor Violetta Ravagnoli presented her paper, "Toward a Global History of Chinese Migrations: Language, Memory and Ethnicity," at the Annual Conference of Asian Studies (AAS) in Seattle, Washington.
"History of Boston" Students Visit African Meeting House
Assistant Professor William Leonard took his "History of Boston" students to visit the African Meeting House on Joy Street in Boston's Beacon Hill. The House, built in 1806, was host to abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison, Maria Stewart and Frederick Douglass.
Candidates for Distinction in the Field, 2016
Five history students presented their Senior Distinction in the Field projects in April 2016. Candidates for Distinction include: Katherine Harrington, Molly Sczucka, Emily Solup, Eric Spargo and Richard Thompson.See the Full List
Students Featured on Jan Karski Educational Foundation Website
Students in Associate Professor of History Melanie Murphy's HIST 2120 course, "Europe in the Era of World War," read the illustrated story Karski's Mission: To Stop the Holocaust and submitted their reactions and comments to the Jan Karski Educational Foundation website.View comments on Karski Foundation website
History Majors Elected to SGA!
Congratulations to John Sisinni '18 and Devin Boyle '19, two History majors who will be representing the student body on the Student Government Association for the 2016-2017 academic year. Sisinni will serve as President of the Class of 2018, and Devin will serve as President for the Class of 2019.
History Majors on the Move this Summer!
Three history majors spent their summers expanding their worldviews through travel abroad. Marcie Paez '18 studied in Crete through the College's Eastern Mediterranean Security Studies program, while John Sisinni '18 and Emma Kaloostian '19 traveled to Rome, Italy.
Small classes, big advantages
History Department faculty provide students with training in research methods and theories of history, spanning the globe, time and the commonality of the human experience.Meet Our Faculty
History major Katherine Harrington '16 landed an internship at Marine Museum in ...Read More
Equipped with a well-rounded liberal arts and sciences education and real-world experience within their disciplines, Emmanuel graduates go on to make their mark at companies and organizations locally, nationally and internationally. Many students also choose to continue their education at the master’s or doctorate level. Check out where some of our recent graduates are thriving!Take a glimpse at our outcomes
Class of 2015: Where We Work
|Corps Member||City Year||History|
|Records Management||Commonwealth of Massachusetts||History|
|Special Education Teacher||Haverhill Public Schools||History|
|Teacher||Matignon High School||History|
|Teaching Assistant||Milton Public Schools||History|
Class of 2015: Where We Attend Grad School
|M.A., Human Rights||Kingston University London||History|
|M.Ed., Higher Education in Student Affairs||Salem State University||History|
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