Department of History

History asks fundamental questions about the nature of change over time. History is our collective memory; studying the past reveals the enormous complexity of the human experience and highlights the contingency of our contemporary world. Because no contemporary political, cultural, or economic issue can be understood outside of its historical context, History offers an ideal foundation for students interested in law, medicine, international relations, public policy, and women’s studies, as well as an intellectual complement for students pursuing science and engineering. Indeed, the history major at CWRU, as nationally, is traditionally one of the preferred preparatory paths for admission to law school. Thinking historically means learning how to frame complex problems, sift through multifaceted evidence, and develop carefully argued writing. Our students carry these skills far beyond graduation, pursuing careers in the professions, business, government, as well as advanced doctoral study.

Our department has a long and prestigious tradition that stretches back to the origins of Western Reserve University in 1826. Today, our faculty specialize in a range of thematic and regional subjects. We have a strong tradition in the study of social, cultural, legal, policy, and political history, which together constitutes a major component of our graduate program. Our other focus of graduate study—the history of science, technology, the environment, and medicine (STEM)—has its roots in Case’s pioneering graduate program in the history of technology in the late 1950s (the first of its kind in the United States), as well as its role in founding the Society for the History of Technology. Our department also maintains a strong international focus with faculty who specialize in European, Asian, African, and Latin American history.

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What Charles Dickens’s Britain Has to Do with the 2016 Election by John Broich

Date posted: November 14th, 2016

Click here to read John Broich’s article on the History News Network webpage. …Read more.

Rhonda Williams speaks at a Community Police Commission work group community meeting, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. The creation of Cleveland’s independent Community Police Commission was one of the key components in an agreement reached between the city of Cleveland and the U.S. Justice Department after the DOJ in December 2014 issued a blistering report that said Cleveland police officers had shown a pattern and practice of using excessive force and violating people’s civil rights. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Rhonda Williams speaks at a Community Police Commission work group community meeting, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. The creation of Cleveland’s independent Community Police Commission was one of the key components in an agreement reached between the city of Cleveland and the U.S. Justice Department after the DOJ in December 2014 issued a blistering report that said Cleveland police officers had shown a pattern and practice of using excessive force and violating people’s civil rights. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Your silence will not protect you…

Date posted: October 7th, 2016

Rhonda Williams of the Social Justice Institute recently published a piece in the Plain Dealer. Read the article here. …Read more.

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