Sarah Purcel, L F Parker Professor of History, teaches in Noyce


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 research, and present their ideas clearly and persuasively. The history major prepares students for a broad range of careers, and our graduates have become professionals in fields including business, education, historic preservation, information science, journalism, law, and public service.

Department News

January 29 event canceled

Jan 29 Prevost and Savarese Event Canceled

The event will be rescheduled soon.

Ford Foundation Taps Grinnellian for Prestigious Fellowship

Joy Sales ʼ13 has been awarded a a highly-competitive 2018 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship by the Fellowships Office of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Associate Professor Ed Cohn Tests the Portrayal of "The Americans" Against Cold War History

Associate Professor of History Ed Cohn compares the show "The Americans" to the Cold War events it portrays in The Washington Post.

Department Information

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