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The culmination of the history major is a junior-senior level seminar that provides an in-depth examination of a period, theme, or issue of historical importance. This document is a comprehensive listing of all seminars that have been offered, have been considered, or will...
The discipline of history poses complex questions about the experiences of humans over time. Historians develop, challenge, and revise narratives and interpretations of the past with an eye toward understanding both the subjects of their study and the implications of such...
This fellowship, established through the generosity of Kathryn Jagow Mohrman '67, supports advanced student research or special projects receiving academic credit within the Departments of History and Political Science. The Fellowship encourages students to examine phenomena...
This fellowship, established through the generosity of Kathryn Jagow Mohrman '67, supports advanced student research or special projects receiving academic credit within the Departments of History and Political Science. The Fellowship encourages students to examine phenomena...
A history MAP normally follows work begun in a 300-level history seminar, so that the student can undertake exhaustive research on a precisely defined topic to produce a paper as close as possible in quality to the articles published in history journals. MAP proposals unrelated...
The basic requirement is 32 credits of work in history with a grade of C or higher, 20 of which must be earned within the History Department of Grinnell College, with at least two 300-level history seminars taken at Grinnell (each taught by a different professor). All students...
The Russell J. Linnemann '65 Travel Fellowship is a new prize which offers financial support to Grinnell College students who would like to travel to conduct historical research or to prepare themselves to conduct historical research on an international topic.  The prize honors...
Students must complete two 300-level history seminars in order to complete the major.  Here are our seminar offerings for the 2013-2014 academic year. FALL 2013 History 311.01 "Politics in the Early American Republic." Students in this seminar will discover and debate recent...
Fall 2015 History 314.01  “The U.S. Civil War:  History and Memory.”  Students in this seminar will complete major research projects about the U.S. Civil War and/or its presence in public memory.  The Civil War was a major watershed event, and students will study a number of...
Students must complete two 300-level history seminars in order to complete the major. Here are our seminar offerings for the 2014-2015 academic year. FALL 2014 History 322.01 "Sex and Sexuality in American History." This seminar investigates the history of sex and sexuality in...
The Alan R. Jones '50 Travel Fellowship offers financial support to Grinnell College students to travel to conduct research on a topic of American history connected to their work in a history course, an independent study, or a Mentored Advanced Project (MAP). The prize honors...
Every year the history department awards the Charles E. Payne Scholarship to the outstanding history major in the prospective senior class.  The Payne Scholarship was established in 1967 by Ina Chatterton Payne in honor of her husband Professor Charles E. Payne, who was for many...
The Ida Pilling Welch '30 History Book Award is given each spring to a senior "whose interest in and commitment to historical study reaches beyond the ordinary reaches of the classroom."  The award is accompanied by a monetary prize, to be used for the purchase of books.
Each year the Lura Camery Prize, established through the bequest of Lura Camery ’24, honors with a cash award the “outstanding work of historical interpretation (concerning the non-English-speaking world) submitted during the year to the Department of History by a full-time...

Building

Today the building provides attractive office space for faculty in the English, history, and gender, women's, and sexuality studies departments, smaller classrooms ideal for discussion, and a lounge.  

External News

  Link:  History of Science/Science Studies Reference Sources Created by Doug Stewart. A good place to look for resources relating to science studies; the emphasis is on history of science, but there are links to resources for philosophy of science.  

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The Alan R. Jones '50 Travel Fellowship  The Alan R. Jones '50 Travel Fellowship offers financial support to Grinnell College students to travel to conduct research on a topic of American history connected to their work in a history course, an independent study, or a Mentored...
Research Resources History Links American Historical Association home page. The History net Internet History Sourcebooks Project Local History Links Grinnell Library Local History Subject Guide Local History Resources at Drake Community Library in Grinnell State Historical...
The History Department Student Educational Policy Committee (SEPC) is a student-faculty liaison group which provides the faculty with student input on professors, candidates, curriculum, and other department issues. It also organizes various student events, such as study breaks...

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Three Grinnell College students have been chosen as Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows (MMUF): Alexandra Odom ’16, Jermaine Stewart-Webb ’16, and Connie Wang ’16. They are the sixth MMUF cohort from Grinnell. “Mellon is such an incredible opportunity and it’s so life-changing,”...
Three Grinnell College students have been chosen as Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows (MMUF): Alexandra Odom ’16, Jermaine Stewart-Webb ’16, and Connie Wang ’16. They are the sixth MMUF cohort from Grinnell. “Mellon is such an incredible opportunity and it’s so life-changing,”...
8,700 miles and 18 hours on his first plane ride separate Bazil Mupisiri ’18 from his hometown in Zimbabwe. Yet, it’s the milestones, not the miles, that truly set this first-year student apart. Bazil (pronounced Bay-zl) first learned about Grinnell through the U.S. Student...
Grinnell College Dean Michael Latham will deliver the Scholars’ Convocation titled "Development at War: The United States and Modernization in South Vietnam." His talk examines how the U.S. responded to global decolonization in the midst of the Cold War, and the role that...
Grinnell College Dean Michael Latham will deliver the Scholars’ Convocation titled "Development at War: The United States and Modernization in South Vietnam." His talk examines how the U.S. responded to global decolonization in the midst of the Cold War, and the role that...
Jon Cohen ’14 describes the path he took to his independent major in Middle Eastern studies as a happy accident. When he arrived at Grinnell, Cohen knew he wanted to do something related to the social sciences and learn a new language. He took Arabic and tried out political...
Jon Cohen ’14 describes the path he took to his independent major in Middle Eastern studies as a happy accident. When he arrived at Grinnell, Cohen knew he wanted to do something related to the social sciences and learn a new language. He took Arabic and tried out political...
  On Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. the Grinnell Oratorio Society will join the Grinnell Singers in performing a concert titled “As We Remember Them,” a selection of choral works accompanied by string orchestra. The program, which will take place in the Bucksbaum Center's Sebring-...
Learn more about Henry S. Conard at Burling Library's exhibition, “Henry S. Conard, Grinnell’s Ecologist.” Conard was a highly respected botanist and beloved teacher during his 38 years at Grinnell. The exhibit displays examples of Conard’s scientific work, photographs of him,...
Issue:  Summer 2009 Author:  Claire Reeder '11 The Iowa Room is home to the College Archives, supervised by College Archivist Catherine Rod (right) and Library Assistant Cheryl Neubert. Stepping into the Iowa Room is like stepping back in time: the warm wood tables and high-...
This year we welcome three new faculty members, whose innovative approaches to medicine, culture, memory, and identity are enriching and globalizing the history curriculum while giving students broader exposure to a variety of historical sources and texts. Dr. Carolyn Herbst...
This year we welcome three new faculty members, whose innovative approaches to medicine, culture, memory, and identity are enriching and globalizing the history curriculum while giving students broader exposure to a variety of historical sources and texts. Dr. Carolyn Herbst...
Scrapbook-making was a popular tradition in the late 19th to mid-20th century. It’s a great way to see how past Grinnellians  commemorated their time here — revealing not so much the official or stereotypical image of the times, but the silly, sincere side that reminds us that...
College campuses are constantly changing, but students only see a brief window of this change. A building might be the centerpiece of an institution, but a few years after it has been razed, it resides largely in the minds of alumni and in the College’s archives. Eric Mistry ’14...
For ten weeks during the summer of 2013, Meg Rudy '14 and Isaiah Tyree '15 examined archival documents related to Professor Paul Lacson’s research on the Dakota peoples during the mid-nineteenth century. His work examines the history of the Dakota Indian diaspora out of...
For ten weeks during the summer of 2013, Meg Rudy '14 and Isaiah Tyree '15 examined archival documents related to Professor Paul Lacson’s research on the Dakota peoples during the mid-nineteenth century. His work examines the history of the Dakota Indian diaspora out of...
Tracy Pa ’15 and Isaiah Tyree ’15 have been awarded federally funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to support their study abroad during the spring 2014 semester. Tyree is a history and psychology major from Taos, New Mexico. He will study at the University of...
Tracy Pa ’15 and Isaiah Tyree ’15 have been awarded federally funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to support their study abroad during the spring 2014 semester. Tyree is a history and psychology major from Taos, New Mexico. He will study at the University of...
Summer in Grinnell may seem quiet. But four Mentored Advanced Project (MAP) students who are working with Sarah Purcell ’92, professor of history, find it the best time to focus on in-depth research. The students are working on independent projects related to deaths in the U.S....
Summer in Grinnell may seem quiet. But four Mentored Advanced Project (MAP) students who are working with Sarah Purcell ’92, professor of history, find it the best time to focus on in-depth research. The students are working on independent projects related to deaths in the U.S....

News Release

In the days before personal computers, cell phones and email came the yearbook “Grinnell College – 1966,” deemed too controversial and banned from publication by the college until 1986. Photographed by Grinnell alumni Henry Wilhelm and the late John Phillips with contributions...
The “War and Peace Project,” a collaborative work created on all 747 pages of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” is on display in Burling Gallery on the Grinnell College campus. Laura “Lola” Baltzell began the project in 2008 by making a collage from each page of a 1970s Soviet...

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Historians develop, challenge, and revise narratives and interpretations of human events to understand both past developments and their implications for the present. Through close analysis of primary sources, students learn to frame historical questions, pursue independent...
Historians develop, challenge, and revise narratives and interpretations of human events to understand both past developments and their implications for the present. Through close analysis of primary sources, students learn to frame historical questions, pursue independent...