History Department diversifies curriculum

May 18, 1995

History Department diversifies curriculum

(Date is for when it was reported in the Sophian)

The Smith College history department replaced two survey courses in European and American history with an introductory course focused on Chinese, Mexican, and British history that was to be offered in the fall. The decision was partly made in order to free up faculty to teach upper-level American history courses. However, Neal Salisbury, who had been chair of the department when the decision was made, ascribed another motivation to the decision as well. He noted, “An introduction to history through American or European history sends a message that these are privileged parts of the world, and we wanted to recast that impression.”

The full Sophian article on the curriculum changes can be found here.

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