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History Department

The History Department participates in the central endeavor of Saint Anselm College's academic program. Precise, critical thinking, the clear articulation of one's thoughts, and an engaged acceptance of civic responsibility are hallmarks of historical consciousness. Further, history provides a contextualized understanding of the emergence of the fundamental avenues of inquiry pursued by artists, scientists, philosophers, and theologians over time.

The study of history fulfills the goals of a liberal arts education by freeing students from narrowness of vision and teaching them how to think critically about the past. Historical understanding rests on the assumption of the uniqueness of human experiences. Considered cumulatively, those experiences allow historians to use the past to better understand the present. When a person can think clearly about the past, alternatives in the present and future become more readily perceptible.

The department seeks to enable students to think about change over time, and the variety of factors that influence historical change. Students are exposed to the diversity of history across time and space, balancing a strong foundation in American and European history with an awareness of the complexities of other areas of the world.

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97% of the Class of 2014 Employed, in School, Volunteering

97% of the Class of 2014 Employed, in School, Volunteering

97% of the Class of 2014 Employed, in School, Volunteering

Within six months of graduating, 97% of the class of 2014 had a job, were continuing their education, or were volunteering full-time....Read More

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S.O.A.R. Program Showcases Student Work

S.O.A.R. Program Showcases Student Work

S.O.A.R. Program Showcases Student Work

Throughout the month of April, students are presenting their papers, speeches, artwork, research, and interactive projects through the college's program series Showcasing Our Art and Research (S.O.A.R.). ...Read More

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History Class Visits Cuba to Study Cold War

History Class Visits Cuba to Study Cold War

History Class Visits Cuba to Study Cold War

A dozen Saint Anselm College students will visit Cuba with their professors March 1-7 to learn about an important period of United States history that ended around the time they were born: the Cold War....Read More

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Thirty-Nine Students Inducted into Honor Society

Thirty-Nine Students Inducted into Honor Society

Thirty-Nine Students Inducted into Honor Society

Thirty-nine students were inducted into Saint Anselm College's National Honor Society for achieving academic excellence...Read More

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New Faculty Ready to Teach

New Faculty Ready to Teach

New Faculty Ready to Teach

Seven assistant professors join the college's distinguished faculty this fall, bringing teaching and research experience in areas such as Alzheimer's Disease, African history, and the reason why snakes flick their tongues....Read More

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Philip Pajakowski, Ph.D. (Chair)
History Department
Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive
Manchester, NH 03102
(603) 641-7047
history@anselm.edu

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