Feb 24, 2024  
Course Catalog 2023-2024 
Course Catalog 2023-2024


Annemarie H. Sammartino, Professor of History; chair

Zeinab Abul-Magd, Nancy Schrom Dye Professor of Middle East and North African Studies
Matthew R. Bahar, Associate Professor of History
Andrew W. Bell, Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Victoria R. Broadus, Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Nicholas Bujalski, Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian History
Yu-Chi Chang, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese History
Rishad I. Choudhury, Assistant Professor of History
Pablo R. Mitchell, Professor of History
Caroline W. Newhall, Assistant Professor of History
Emer S. O’Dwyer, Associate Professor of East Asian Studies and History
Renee C. Romano, Robert S. Danforth Professor of History
Leonard V. Smith, Frederick B. Artz Professor of History
Ellen B. Wurtzel, Associate Professor of History

Appointed by Courtesy
Laura Herron, Assistant Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Standing

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History encompasses the study of peoples, cultures, and institutions across many periods of time. The Department of History at Oberlin College offers courses on the United States; Latin America; Europe; Russia; the Middle East; and South, East, and Central Asia.

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Departmental Policies

Advanced Placement Credit

The following score(s) will correspond to credit for the following course(s), fulfilling corresponding prerequisite requirements (if applicable) and counting toward total credits needed for graduation:

  • AP European History, 4 or 5  →  HIST 098 (one full course)
  • AP U.S. History, 4 or 5  →  HIST 099 (one full course)
  • AP World History, 4 or 5  →  HIST 097 (one full course)
  • IB HL Americas, 6 or 7  →  HIST 099 (one full course)
  • IB HL European, 6 or 7  →  HIST 098 (one full course)

To apply for graduation credit for other IB HL history courses, students should bring the transcript, the syllabus, and a sample written work to the 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 two courses in either the AP or IB programs in history.

Note: Transfer credit received for HIST 097, HIST 098, and HIST 099 does not count toward the history major or history minor.

Majors and Minors


History courses examine many diverse geographical 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.

Private Reading Courses in the Department

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.


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