There is little understanding of the present without a mature understanding of the past. The study of history at Williams is intended to broaden the student’s intellectual and cultural horizons while encouraging a reasoned and responsible approach to national and global social, political, and cultural events and institutions. Moreover, the study of history at Williams involves students in the intensive development of critical thinking and communication skills – skills required for success in any career.

Students in the Williams history program are taught “individually,” that is to say they are treated as individuals with special needs and unique personal potential. Students work closely with senior professors. This close, mentoring process and relationship allows students to progress carefully, but rapidly through the thorough and rigorous curriculum.