professor in front of whiteboard talking to classDC's History program introduces students to a minds-on approach where studying history is no longer simply learning and memorizing the facts, but analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating the facts to expand knowledge of both the past and present. Students are taught to think and act within their discipline, utilizing classroom knowledge and practical skills to make an impact within their communities and beyond.

 


REACTING TO THE PAST

Programs on campus, especially History, utilize this innovative pedagogical technique to engage students. Reacting to the Past (RTTP) is an award-winning curriculum designed at Barnard College in the late 1990s. Students are assigned historical roles and run RTTP class sessions while instructors advise and guide students and grade their oral and written work. RTTP improves academic skills and intellect by drawing students into the past and challenging them through engagement. There is no fixed outcome or script, requiring students to create persuasive dialogue from their own knowledge and beliefs of historical figures.


GRADUATE OUTCOMES

Australian National University
Defiance High School
Grass Lake Community Schools
Riverside High School
Unifirst Corporation
Van Wert High School


HONOR SOCIETY

PHI ALPHA THETA

Honor society for history majors. Students must have a 3.1 GPA or higher in History courses, and a 3.0 GPA or higher in all other courses.


MEET THE FACULTY

Don Buerk, Ph.D.
Jeremy Taylor, Ph.D.