Welcome to the website for the History Department at
Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut.
The beginning of the twenty-first century is an exciting
time to engage in the study of History at national liberal arts college like Trinity.
The Cold War abruptly ended, Eastern European Communism
and South African Apartheid both collapsed, ethnic conflicts have erupted around the
world, Mexico faces the double challenge of financial stability and democratization, and
India and Pakistan have become nuclear powers. International conferences have highlighted
the fragility of the global environment and the growing level of poverty among the world's
women and children, and the Internet has promised to transform the world.
History offers keys to interpreting all of these changes.
Some years ago, a popular slogan urged educators to: Start where the student is! Fit the
curriculum to their curiosities! Be relevant! The History Department at Trinity agrees. It
is wise to start where students are - but we believe it wiser still to lead them to places
they have never been.
We believe historical study is simultaneously about
self-discovery and discovering the world. We strive to cultivate gifts of empathy, moral
imagination, and critical understanding; to give students insight into human situations
far different from their own; and, we hope, to help students decide where they want to go
with both their lives and their learning, and then to develop their power to get there.
In this website you will be able to find out more about
our program, including major course requirements, a list of faculty members, and information on lectures
and special events.
Please explore these pages, and feel free to contact us through regular or electronic mail.
Samuel D. Kassow