History Department

The History Majors Committee is a resource for students and faculty alike to help organize events and communicate ideas to improve the History program at Wes! We organize film screenings, thesis coffee hours, and even helped shape the module system. We are a group of students who are really excited about History and are here to help!


Why Are You Majoring in History?

Sadie Renjilian '17:  I am a History and German Studies major, and my modules are Contemporary History and Social Movements and Revolution.  My interests are German History and Social Protest Movements in the US, with an emphasis on racial conflict. I chose to be a history major because my favorite teacher of all time was a history major at Wesleyan, and it seemed like a good path to follow! I love reading and class debates so it was an easy decision to make! The best thing I'm getting from being a history major is spending time with other people who share my passion and don't shy away from an intense discussion. The professors, without fail, are committed, smart, witty, and great class presences. I've also learned to love spending time in the archives or buried in dusty old books!

Bebe LeGardeur ‘17: My modules are contemporary history and the city. My interests are varied, but through my recent coursework I’ve become fascinated with subjects surrounding incarceration in the United States, as well as urban studies. I have always loved history, but the class that convinced me to become a major was HIST362, which I took during the fall semester of my sophomore year. I really appreciated how that class taught me to question what was put before me, and I came to understand history as a concept that is constantly evolving. The history major has been a great experience for me because of the flexibility it offers. I have been able to focus on exactly what I wanted, while gaining a breadth of knowledge, the skills to analyze critically, and access to a close-knit and wonderful community.

Steven Chen ‘18: I am a History and Government major, and my modules are Pre-Industrial Society and North America. My interests are early United States history with a particular focus on the history of farming and agriculture, and also more broadly the history of American food movements. I’ve always loved history, and decided to major in it after taking an amazing class on Greek History my sophomore year. I love the freedom that the History major provides in being able to take a broad range of classes on various topics, all while fitting into the two module system. My favorite part about history at Wesleyan is the close community of many brilliant and passionate professors and peers.