History & Social Sciences

A laboratory of human experience.

The History and Social Sciences Department offers a relevant, diverse, and challenging curriculum. When we study history, we are better able to grasp the forces that affect our own lives and better able to understand how the world really works. In doing so, our students gain a richer understanding of the stories and perspectives that have shaped, and continue to shape, our world.

Sample Courses

Beginning in our Humanities program, students explore major themes in history, learn about multiple perspectives and diverse experiences, and consider important issues involving social justice, sustainability, and global affairs. Our upper level courses include yearlong Advanced courses focused on the humanities, as well as a range of social science fields, including anthropology, political science, and psychology. In all our courses, we are committed to developing each student’s skills, particularly critical thinking, research and media literacy, written and oral communication, collaboration, and creativity.

Katherine Duglin

Katherine Duglin

History Department Head, History Teacher
Patrick Boyd

Patrick Boyd

Assistant Dean of Students, History Teacher, Form Dean
Patrick Burke

Patrick Burke

History Teacher
Sarah Chase

Sarah Chase

History and Science Teacher
Mary  Georgis

Mary Georgis

History Teacher
Paul Gray

Paul Gray

History Teacher, Mount Holyoke Teaching Fellow
Jeremy Irzyk

Jeremy Irzyk

History Intern
Wesley Jenkins

Wesley Jenkins

Dean of Students, History Teacher
Douglas Litowitz

Douglas Litowitz

History Teacher
Douglas MacLeod

Douglas MacLeod

Director of Studies, History Teacher
Robert Toste

Robert Toste

History Teacher

History & Social Sciences Requirement

Three years of history, including Humanities I: Global Studies, Humanities II: American Studies, and the
equivalent of one full year of history (three terms) during the junior or senior years.