Jul 09, 2020  
Course Catalog 2020-2021 
Course Catalog 2020-2021


Annemarie H. Sammartino,  Professor of History; Chair of History
Zeinab Abul-Magd, Professor of History
Matthew Bahar, Associate Professor of History
Rishad Choudhury, Assistant Professor of History
Jiyul Kim, Visiting Instructor of History
Shelley Lee, Professor of History and Comparative American Studies
Pablo Mitchell, Professor of History and Comparative American Studies
Tamika Nunley, Assistant Professor of History
Emer O’Dwyer, Associate Professor of History and East Asian Studies
Renee C. Romano, Robert S. Danforth Professor of History, Professor of Africana Studies and Comparative American Studies
Leonard V. Smith, Frederick B. Artz Professor of History
Jesse Watson, Visiting Assistant Professor of History and East Asian Studies
Danielle Terrazas Williams, Assistant Professor of History
Ellen Wurtzel, Associate Professor of History

Courtesy Appointments
Tania Boster, Executive Director, Integrative & Experiential Learning, Assistant Professor
Laura Herron, Associate Dean for Academic Standing and Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies

Visit the department webpage for up-to-date information on department faculty, visiting lecturers and special events.

History encompasses the study of peoples, cultures, and institutions across many periods of time. The History Department offers courses on the United States, Latin America, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and South, East and Central Asia. History classes examine these areas from a variety of historical approaches, including political, social, cultural, intellectual, economic, and environmental perspectives. Many also focus on gender, religion, labor, race and/or ethnicity. Some courses concentrate on particular national or regional histories, while others are comparative, transnational or global.

See information about Research, Internships, Study Away and Experiential Learning (RISE).

Advanced Placement

Students with a grade of 4 or 5 on the US History, European History, or World History AP examinations may receive one full course of social science credit toward graduation for each qualifying score.

Students receiving scores of 6 or 7 for IB History of the Americas or IB European may also receive one course of social science credit toward graduation. To apply for graduation credit for other IB courses, students should bring the transcript, the syllabus, and a sample written work to the History Department chair for review. Students may not receive credit for both AP and IB courses in overlapping areas.  No student may receive credit toward graduation for any combination of more than 2 courses in either the IB or AP programs in History. AP or IB credit is granted only during the first year that a student enrolls at Oberlin College.

All AP or IB courses transferred in through the History Department count toward the 5-course (20 credit) maximum that may be transferred for all courses taken before matriculation, as per Oberlin College. Credit from AP or IB courses do not count towards the 9-course History major requirements.

Capstone Courses

The History major does not have a required capstone, but majors are encouraged to consider pursing a senior capstone that focuses on advanced work in their area of interest through either the one-semester Senior Projects course (History 500), available to seniors by consent of the instructor, or the two-semester Honors Program (History 501-502), open to students admitted to the Honors program.

Private Readings

Students may request that individual faculty members supervise private readings. Private readings must focus on material that is not covered in the regular History Department curriculum.

Explore Winter Term projects and opportunities.

Majors and Minors


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