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The Moravian College history department offers a foundation in North American, European, Latin American, and African history while allowing majors to design their own traditional, interdisciplinary, or interdepartmental programs. Students will gain a broad understanding of humanity. They will have a rigorous exposure to historical research in a variety formats, including honors thesis, collaborative research projects, collaborative teaching, independent studies, field studies, work study, and senior seminar. Our recent graduates have embarked on careers as curators, journalists, teachers, lawyers, archivists, librarians, and history professors.

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Faculty
  • SANDRA AGUILAR
    Assistant Professor of History
  • SANDY BARDSLEY
    Associate Professor of History
  • JANE BERGER
    Assistant Professor of History
  • AKBAR KESHODKAR
    Assistant Professor of History and Anthropology
  • HEIKKI LEMPA
    Associate Professor of History
  • JAMES PAXTON
    Associate Professor of History, Chair of the History Department
  • PAUL PEUCKER
    Faculty Associate, Director of the Moravian Archives

Emeriti
  • Daniel Gilbert
  • Dennis Glew
  • Winfred Kohls
  • Janet Loengard
  • Robert Stinson

Opportunities

The history department offers many opportunities for student research. Select students may participate in honors or SOAR projects. A number of students assist professors with their research. Local and regional institutions, including the Moravian Archives, the Historic Bethlehem Partnership, and the National Museum of Industrial History provide opportunities for field study experience. Students are also welcome to design independent studies in topics of their choosing. The History Fellowship affords students an opportunity to teach a class while doing their own research on a related topic.

The national history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, is active on campus. The History Club invites guest speakers, sponsors discussions, and organizes trips to historic sites around the eastern U.S.


Facilities

The history department is located on the third floor of the historic 1892 Comenius building, which houses both faculty offices and state-of-the-art classrooms. 300 Comenius Hall serves as the history common room for the students and faculty to congregate, discuss history, and hold club meetings.

History and historical studies majors have access to the Moravian Archives, which houses one of the most significant German-related archival collections in the United States and other documents dating back to colonial times. Some of its treasures include detailed documentation of the daily life of the historic Moravian community, deeds from the founding of the town of Bethlehem, a significant collection of incunabula (early printed books), and a letter to the college from Thomas Jefferson.


Courses

North America:

  • The United States to 1877
  • The United States since 1865
  • The United States 1815-1877: National Development and Sectional Crisis
  • The United States 1945 to the Present
  • American Social History
  • The U.S. and Latin America: History of Their Relations
  • Colonial America
  • Seminar: First People of North America

Europe:

  • European Civilization since 1500
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome
  • Medieval Europe
  • England Through the Reign of Elizabeth
  • Classical Mythology
  • Europe in the 20th Century
  • Bismarck to Hitler to Fischer: History of Modern Germany
  • The Holocaust
  • Popular Culture in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • Women in Europe 500-1700
  • Victorian Ladies and Other Women: England and America, 1837-1914
  • Seminar: History of Emotions
  • Seminar: Disease in History

Latin America, Africa, and Asia:

  • Latin America in the Colonial Era
  • 19th- and 20th- Century Latin America
  • Mexico: Revolution and Globalization
  • Arab-Islamic Civilization
  • Topics in Asian History
  • African Civilizations
  • Modern Southern Africa
  • Environmental History

Intensive Research:

  • Historical Methods and Interpretations
  • Senior Seminar
  • History Fellowship
  • Honors
  • Independent Study
  • Field Study

Recent Special Topic Courses:

  • Eighteenth-Century Moravians
  • Masculinity in Modern Europe
  • Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Tropical Africa
  • Europeans in Africa
  • Canada to 1855
  • Food and Gender in Modern Mexico