About the Department
The history department at the Elizabethtown College is housed (and rightly so) in one of the oldest and most historically significant buildings on our campus. Wenger Hall, a former boys’ dormitory, underwent significant renovations during the summer of 2010 and is now better equipped than ever to host our students whose love of history equals the historical environment in which they learn.
For over a century, the history faculty at Elizabethtown College has been engaging students in a dialogue about history. The central focus of our studies had been the Continent, the British Isles and America but we now have expanded to include the East. Students who choose history as a major can now specialize in the history of China and Japan with a newly introduced concentration in Asian Studies. In addition to addressing the political and economic development of nations and states, some courses provide an opportunity to study intellectual history which raises questions on the nature of history and historical writing. Whether you choose to investigate the ancient world, American economic history, the Civil War, World War II, or the history of modern China, you will discover why so many provocative things have been said about the study of history.
History majors will have the opportunity to pursue independent research over a semester in either their junior or senior year. Beyond standard course work, students are encouraged to pursue internships in an archival setting, a historical society, or a museum, and to also take advantage of the junior year abroad programs. History majors continue to maintain an active and student-run History Club and a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society. Students are inducted into the Honor Society during an Annual Banquet sponsored by the department.