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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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Fall 2015 Dean's List

Fall 2015 Dean's List

Fall 2015 Dean's List

Saint Anselm College is pleased to announce that 838 students were named to the Dean's List for the fall semester of the 2015-2016 academic year. These students earned a grade point average of at least 3.0 for four courses of study....Read More

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Live From the Carr Center: College Hosts Democratic Debate

Live From the Carr Center: College Hosts Democratic Debate

Live From the Carr Center: College Hosts Democratic Debate

On Saturday, December 19, Saint Anselm College lived up to its reputation as "New Hampshire's Home for Politics," when it hosted the final Democratic Primary Debate of 2015 in partnership with ABC News and the New Hampshire Union Leader....Read More

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New Scholarship for New Hampshire Catholic High School Students

New Scholarship for New Hampshire Catholic High School Students

New Scholarship for New Hampshire Catholic High School Students

Saint Anselm College has announced a substantial new student scholarship, effective immediately and applicable to students from select New Hampshire schools who start entering the college in the fall of 2016....Read More

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New Freshman Honor Society Inducts 113 Students for Academic Excellence

New Freshman Honor Society Inducts 113 Students for Academic Excellence

New Freshman Honor Society Inducts 113 Students for Academic Excellence

In its installation and first induction ceremony, the Alpha Lambda Delta National Academic Honor Society for Freshman inducted 113 students for achieving academic excellence in their first year of study in higher education....Read More

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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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Beth A. Salerno (Chair)
History Department
Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive
Manchester, NH 03102
(603) 641-7049
bsalerno@anselm.edu

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