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Carolyn Johnston
Elie Wiesel Professor of Humane Letters

Eckerd College
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St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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History is one of the central disciplines in a liberal education. As broad as human experience, it provides a context for the understanding of literature, art, philosophy, and the sciences. Akin to both the Humanities and the Social Sciences, history gives attention to the individual and to society as a whole, revealing the vast range of human experiences, the extraordinary variety of human institutions, and the inevitability of change. The study of history provides perspective for understanding contemporary society and its problems; however, it can also offer a sense of one's unique heritage as well as a comparative view of life in other cultures and other times.

The history faculty at Eckerd encourages students to pursue areas of interdisciplinary concentration. Our faculty members have formal ties to related fields such as East Asian Studies, American Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Ancient Studies, Classics, and Environmental Studies. In addition, students are welcome to design concentrations or double majors with other fields in the humanities or social sciences, including political science, international business, philosophy, religion, literature, and particular language fields.

Life After Eckerd

History is probably the most flexible and far ranging of all the Humanities disciplines. It is excellent preparation for a wide variety of fields - law, teaching, business, public service, journalism, and even medicine. Increasingly, both the private sector and graduate schools are looking for applicants who have broad interests and backgrounds, rather than narrow field specialization.

The Eckerd Difference

Daria Hall "Eckerd has helped me grow and blossom as a person. I have learned to manage the good and bad and still excel in life. Eckerd is all about unique experiences." - Daria Hall, History major