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Prof. Philip Pajakowski took Saint Anselm College students to Cuba to study the Cold WarHistory majors, Class of 2016, celebrate with their professors at the History Senior Dinner.

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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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Pi Alpha Theta Honor Society for History Welcomes Three New Members

Pi Alpha Theta Honor Society for History Welcomes Three New Members

Pi Alpha Theta Honor Society for History Welcomes Three New Members

Three Saint Anselm College students have been inducted into Pi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. The students join Sigma Omega, the Saint Anselm College chapter of Pi Alpha Theta....Read More

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Spring 2016 Dean's List Announced

Spring 2016 Dean's List Announced

Spring 2016 Dean's List Announced

Mark W. Cronin, dean of the college, has announced that the following students have been named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2016 semester. These students earned a grade point average of at least 3.0 in a semester with at least 16 credits of study....Read More

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National Business Honor Society Recognizes 15 Students as Members

National Business Honor Society Recognizes 15 Students as Members

National Business Honor Society Recognizes 15 Students as Members

Fifteen Saint Anselm College students are the newest members of Sigma Beta Delta, the international honor society for business, management and administration....Read More

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Professors Plan Productive Summer of Research and Study

Professors Plan Productive Summer of Research and Study

Professors Plan Productive Summer of Research and Study

Faculty of Saint Anselm College plan a richly productive summer of research and study, both at home and abroad....Read More

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Sheehan Encourages Graduates to Show Anselmian Compassion

Sheehan Encourages Graduates to Show Anselmian Compassion

Sheehan Encourages Graduates to Show Anselmian Compassion

During Saint Anselm College's 123rd commencement exercises on Saturday, May 21, commencement speaker and alumnus Michael Sheehan addressed 433 members of the class of 2016, asking them to bring the Anselmian traditions of compassion and kindness into the world....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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