History Department Mission

We believe that history is as much an approach to knowledge as it is a body of discrete information, and we're committed to the humanist principle that education must carry with it the ability to communicate one's knowledge. We therefore offer the following mission statement:

The goal of the Department of History is to make students aware of the deep origins and the interconnectedness of contemporary life. Such a perspective places the present in context and challenges our culture's emphasis on newness and the disconnectedness of events. It prepares students to understand and participate more knowingly in the contemporary world.

Research Tompkins County Historical

Students in a history course researching their local history projects at the History Center in Tompkins County archives.

A Memory

The distinct memory I have is of David McKeith beginning his lectures with words like this, "Let's go back 250 years. You are walking down a cobblestone street in the north end of Boston. . ." This was history coming alive.

-- Bruce Smith, Class of '73