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

History Department

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

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.

​Generous Thinking: The University and the Public Good​

Scholars' Convocation speaker Kathleen Fitzpatrick will give the convocation lecture at Grinnell College on March 1, 2018.
Dec. 19

HIS-100-01 Final Exam

Mears Cottage 115 - Classroom
Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 9am – 12pm
Dec. 20

HIS-100-02 Final Exam

Bucksbaum 152 - Lawson Lecture Hall
Thursday, December 20, 2018, 9am – 12pm
Jan. 29

Herman Melville Meets Agatha Christie

Burling 1st Floor Lounge
Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 4:15 – 5:15pm
May. 20

History Major Commencement Breakfast

Rosenfield Center 209 (B&C) - Classroom
Monday, May 20, 2019, 8 – 9:30am

Department Information

(641) 269-4733

Mears Cottage
1213 Sixth Ave
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States