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History at Kent explores moments and eras that have shaped the ways we interact with the world today, encouraging you to view history from multiple perspectives to develop a broader worldview.

By realizing the limits of one’s own knowledge, students learn to go beyond the popular telling of an event.

Encouraging Healthy Skepticism

By considering the many sides of each historical question, students are able to examine the lessons of history through a wider lens, and develop a context in which to consider how the experiences of the past inform their present and future.

Developing an Open Mind

Critical and creative thinking — the ability to assess quantitative and qualitative information and apply that knowledge to novel contexts — is one of the Kent competencies. The History Department teaches students to extract key information from sources and synthesize data into meaningful hypotheses from which they can express ideas clearly in discussions, examinations, and extended research.

Recognizing Intellectual Humility

History is the record of heritage, environment, and the development of political, social, and economic institutions. By realizing the limits of one’s own knowledge, students learn to go beyond the popular telling of an event. Digging, examining, researching, and engaging in lively debates are all part of the package.



History Courses

Explore the origins and impact of early urbanism to the Bronze Age in various geographic contexts.

Exploring global perspectives and fostering critical historical analysis and contextual understanding.

Examine the impact of early Chinese history on the events of the late 19th and 20th centuries in China: From Mao to the Present.

Examine the many different voices that have played a role in shaping Latin America from the colonial period to the present day in Latin American History.

Take an in-depth look at the transformation of Republican Rome to Imperial Rome in Rome: Republic to Empire.

Examine why communism succeeded in Russia, how it was practiced globally, and why it ultimately failed in Soviet Communism.

Study the pivotal roles that women have played in American history and deepen your understanding of women’s affairs today in United States Women's History.

Explore the motivations and strategies of the architects of World War II as well as the experiences of ordinary people affected by it in World War II.



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