The History Department


The study of history helps us to understand the differences and similarities between our own lives, thought, and habits and those of a variety of past and present cultures. It allows us to understand other people better through seeing them in their own contexts, and to understand ourselves through serious self-reflection. We treat history as an interpretive endeavor, investigating from various points of view the ways in which individuals and social groups have sought to order and understand their world across time. As a department, we strive to provide wisdom in particular historical fields, and to assist our students in the development of conceptual skills, critical analysis, research competence, writing fluency, and sophistication in the uses and abuses of knowledge.

Outside the Classroom:

“The professors of the Allegheny Department of History incorporated a variety of instructional methods, all of which challenged me to think critically instead of mindlessly regurgitating facts. Being able to identify and analyze the events and trends that helped shape the world in which we live and establishing the confidence to project what could happen in the future were skills acquired at Allegheny that guided me as I moved towards receiving a Master's Degree in History. As a high school History and English teacher, I now employ these same methods in an attempt to best prepare my students as they move towards their undergraduate studies and beyond.”

—Ryan Ryzner '99, History and English Teacher, Gilmour Academy, Gates Mills, OH