Office: 303 Spotts World Cultures Building
William Bergman, Aaron Cowan, Margaret Denning, Melissa Ford, Alan Levy, Lia Paradis, Thomas Pearcy, Paula Rieder, Eric Tuten, Carlis White
The History Department of Slippery Rock University seeks to educate and mentor students to be future leaders in their endeavors and professions by disseminating a knowledge of the past through intensive instruction and research. The department is committed both to academic excellence and to the encouragement of creativity and innovation. We welcome and respect differences, because diversity is a key ingredient in quality education and general discourse. We seek to recruit students from all backgrounds and to foster a culture that instills a sense of responsibility for the broader community. We encourage open debate of ideas within an intellectual environment of mutual respect.
History is a discipline that supports the liberal arts concentrations in the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences. Its aim is to place men and women and their achievements in the proper perspective of western heritage and the heritage of other cultures. The concentration in history is designed to develop a knowledge of the past with special emphasis on an understanding of contemporary problems. The key to historical scholarship consists of the exercise of critical analysis in order to evaluate and discover the comparative significance of human beings and events.
History majors or social science majors with a concentration in history enter careers in business, government agencies and education or pursue graduate work in history, law, and other professional schools. Students regularly complete internships at the Old Stone House, local historical societies, colonial forts in Western Pennsylvania, and other historical sites in the United States. History students frequently take courses in foreign countries offered by SRU history faculty.