The world is in the midst of a knowledge revolution as profound as that brought on by the invention of print in the late 1400s, by the Enlightenment, or by audio-visual broadcasting in the 1900s. What counts for knowledge and how we go about making, sharing, and using knowledge are radically different from what they were a generation ago. Career paths, social interactions, intellectual habits, . . even our individual sense of who we are have been radically altered.
The History & Culture program believes that an interdisciplinary approach rooted in historical inquiry is best suited to make sense of the developments we are living through. Intellectual and cultural history is our forte. Its focus upon the ideas, symbolic expression, and knowledge practices of past eras and different places make it especially relevant for understanding current conditions. Our goal is to prepare articulate and engaged thinkers who will use their historical knowledge to make sense of the world we live in, and to do so in productive ways.
We are committed to putting the humanities to work. In common with our sister programs in the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, History & Culture emphasizes the public humanities as well as traditional scholarly preparation. This is a practical as well as a philosophical concern. Traditional academic career opportunities are waning, but those in non-academic fields have great potential. By preparing technologically-proficient, articulate, intellectually flexible, and passionate students of the past we hope to meet this potential.
-Wyatt Evans, Director, History & Culture M.A./Ph.D.