The History and Art History Department at Adrian College gives students tools not only for analyzing the past, but also for understanding the developments and challenges of the present and future.
By exploring diverse regions of the world, developing their abilities to think critically, and challenging themselves to develop logical arguments supported by material evidence, students gain an understanding of world history that prepares them for post graduate education and gives them the research and critical thinking skills for work in any field.
The History and Art History curriculum supports all of the ribbons of excellence in a variety of ways. It most comprehensively fosters critical thinking, but it also routinely crosses boundaries and disciplines by making connections between historical events and arts and culture, for example.
Various courses emphasize the development of creativity, particularly the capstone course, which requires students to develop their own original research question and think creatively about finding the necessary sources. The History and Art History curriculum also emphasizes caring for humanity and the world in its focus on diverse cultures and peoples, fostering an appreciation of – and hopefully care for – the larger world. Finally, the History and Art History faculty exemplifies the learning throughout a lifetime ribbon for their students through their own continued pursuit of scholarship and inquiry.
History and Art History classes are interactive, through frequent discussions, and employ group projects, various media, and field trips. In addition, the History and Art History professors at Adrian College help students become better communicators by teaching students how to write and speak more effectively. The faculty prepares students for diverse careers requiring skills in research, communication and analysis in professional fields such as teaching, law, business, journalism, museum studies and information management.