As a History AOC at New College, you can study alongside a faculty member who was awarded a Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. Or you can have coffee and discuss your future with professors who have published work on everything from the Harlem Renaissance to the Great Depression, progressive energy policy, race relations and international development. Regardless of your choice of specialization, our faculty bring history to life in the classroom, through campus events and activities, and through the close, one-on-one relationships they develop with students. They will also help you sharpen your analytical powers, develop your verbal and written communication abilities, and learn research techniques to help improve your graduate school and career success.
With small class sizes and plenty of personal contact, when you pursue a History AOC at New College you have the opportunity to work closely with faculty who are actively engaged in their field. Our faculty have earned degrees from Princeton, UCLA, Trinity College of Dublin, University of Michigan and other leading graduate schools, and they are here to help you identify and pursue your personal interests and goals. They will advise and mentor you in terms of your career or graduate school path and offer you a guiding hand as you select independent study projects and tutorials that will build toward your senior thesis.
The nature of a New College education means that as you pursue your interests in history, you’ll have the freedom to weave classes, tutorials and independent study projects that crisscross into other Areas of Concentration as well, thereby expanding your breadth of knowledge. Our program prepares students to pursue history at the graduate school level, but it also provides a great base for the study of law and library sciences. Politics, national and international diplomacy, and executive leadership are other fields that our graduates pursue with great success.
The following four areas of history are offered regularly at New College:
Within each of these broad areas, our faculty offer period, regional and thematic specialties through a wide range of courses, seminars and tutorials. Students are also encouraged to work with faculty in designing group projects and Independent Study Projects that satisfy each student’s particular needs and interests. For students wanting an even broader perspective, our History AOC combines effectively with a number of other disciplines at the College as well. Medieval and Renaissance Studies and International and Area Studies are particularly popular options for students who choose this interdisciplinary path.
At New College, an AOC in History should include both survey and specialized courses in a wide range of fields. Students are normally expected to complete at least ten courses or tutorials in history, with at least two courses in each of the four fields of history offered regularly at New College:
• American History.
Other fields may be substituted with the approval of two or more members of the history faculty.
At least one of the courses taken in each area should be an advanced (reading/writing intensive) course. Students are encouraged to choose their advanced course work and tutorials with the goal of laying the foundations for future thesis work. In addition to the formal disciplinary requirements for the AOC, students are strongly encouraged to take courses in related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, to study at least one foreign language to the advanced level, and to make use of study abroad opportunities.
Here’s a list of recent course offerings in History:
The Age of Imperialism
American Culture and Politics: 1945 to Present
American History Survey: Pre-Colonial to 1865
Chinese History to 1800
Contemporary French History
Dissent in a Time of War
East Asian Civilization
The History of Music in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Modern European History I (1648-1870)
Modern European History II (1870 to present)
Modern German History
The Old Regime and the French Revolution
Renaissance and Reformation Europe
Twelfth Century Renaissance
The United States in the World
U.S. – Japan Relations in the Twentieth Century
Women and Gender in China
The World of St. Francis
For a complete list of courses, click here.
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New College is proud of the many History graduates who have contributed to the field. Here’s a sampling of some of our other graduates as well:
• Esther Barazzone is president of Chatham University, a women’s college in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During her 20-year tenure as president, Barazzone is credited with transforming Chatham from a struggling regional college into a national power, more than quadrupling the school’s enrollment and growing its endowment to more than $60 million. For her accomplishments, Barazzone was recently recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as the highest paid president of a women’s college in the nation.
• Charles Brown is a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Defense, where he is responsible for implementing the components of President Obama’s initiative to integrate atrocity prevention and response into U.S. policy. Previously he served as DOD’s senior director for rule of law and international humanitarian policy. He has held senior positions at Citizens for Global Solutions, Amnesty International and Freedom House. During the Clinton administration, he served as chief of staff in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. He also co-authored The Politics of Psychiatry in Revolutionary Cuba.
• Audrey Nicoleau is a political communications strategist in Washington, D.C., who helps her clients heighten their public profile. Since graduating from New College in 2005 she has been a legislative staffer for U.S. Reps. John Conyers and Alcee Hastings working on appropriations, judiciary, international relations, health care and education policy. She was also communications advisor for then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Sample of Graduate Schools Attended by NCF Students in History
• Columbia University
|Each academic experience builds toward your senior thesis project. It’s required for graduation, and our students tell us that while it’s demanding, it’s also one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. Here are some thesis projects in History:
“Matilda of Canossa and the Role of Women in Medieval Politics” by Maika Beard
“The American War of Unification, 1961-1865” by Wesley M. Decker
“Past Sense: History in the Realm of the Senses” by Andrew Hess
“Witch-Hunts in America: Comparing The Salem Witch Trials to the Second Red Scare” by Genevieve Rowland
“Empires in Autumn: Limitations of Imperial Overstretch in the Ottoman and British Empires” by Andrew Louis Smith
“Freaks and Jailbirds: Town-Gown Relations Between New College of Florida and the Sarasota-Bradenton Community from its Foundation to 1975” by Alexandra Vargas-Fournier
“The Road to Modern India: Through World War II, the Great Partition, and the Green Revolution” by Lydia Dumais
“Czechmate: Redefining the Relationship Between Bohemia and the German Empire, 973–1086” by Grayson Chester
“Captivity, consciousness, and culture: The role of the Captivity Narrative in American National Identity” by Jillian Brown
“The Case of Claude Lightfoot: COINTELPRO, Civil Rights, and the Demise of the Communist Party, USA” by Alex Cline
“Social Tolerance and Marginalization in Post-War Germany: A Study of the “Others” in Contrast to German Identity” by Amber Patti
“The German Influence on the British Monarchy During the Reigns of King William IV and Queen Victoria” by Marie Van Camp
“Jomini in the Trenches: The Origin of Modern War in Confederate Doctrine” by Eric Bolme
“God Bless America: How Presidents Use American Civil Religon to Legitimize Military in Their Inaugural Addresses” by TM Mawn
“New Conditions and Ideas: Comparing the Post-War Economic Conversions of the United States and Great Britain” by Gisselle Callejas
“He Who Controls the Spice: Colonialism in South India Under the British East India Company” by Jessica Rose
“A Crisis of Consciousness: Volkisch Occultism in Austria and Germany, 1890-1933” by Shanna Turner
“Eighteenth-Century London and the Birth of Consumer Culture” by Lisa Fisher
“Origins and Applications of the Conch Republic: Key West, Florida” by David Weinberg
“The Legal System of the Third Reich: Issues of Complicity within the Legal Profession” by Chad Wilson Bickerton
“Fashion, Feminism, and Fascism: The New Woman and the Crisis of Modernity in France and Germany, 1920-1945.” by Kinley Paisley
“Soldiers of Paper and Ink: American Intellectual Interpretations of the Spanish Civil War” by Adam D. Schafer
“A Just Cause: Irish Neutrality in the Second World War” by Emily Goldenberg
“Travelers in Transformation: Three British Writers and Their Interpretations of France in the Late Eightenth Century” by Dana Lynn Trejo
“Oil and Native American Decision-Making: Navajo, Inuit, and Gwich’in Approaches to Economic Development” by Tamara Schiff
“The Partition of British India” by Nausherwan Hafeez
“Norsemen Without a King: An Analysis of Executive Authority in the Icelandic Commonwealth” by James Cross
“A Tiger Hunt as Your Cup of Tea: Masculinity in Victorian England and its Effect on Women’s Roles in Colonial England” by Anna Rupinski
“The Methodology of Discrimination: Development and Theory of Scientific Racism in the 18th and 19th Centuries” by Paule Sarah Gordon
“Masculinity, Sexuality, and Identity in Three Queer Texts, 1900-1910” by Kate Mulkern
“The Media’s Reception of Queer Images in Music Videos in the 1980s and 1990s” by Brian Van Valkenburg
“Father Charles Coughlin: A Radio Celebrity’s Construction of the American People along Class, Racial, and Religious Lines” by Agnes Fusiek
“River Development in the 1930’s: A Comparative Study of the Tennessee and Columbia Rivers” by Courtney Hollen
“The Irish Rebellion of 1798: France, Failure, and the United Irishmen” by Erin Mahaney
“The Role of Law in Edward I’s Conquests of Wales and Scotland, 1277-1307” by Caitlyn Miller
“Anti-Semitism and Political Opportunism: The Holocaust in France, Italy, and Romania” by Erin Stagner
“The Russo-Chechen Conflict and the Construction of Chechen Identity” by Blake Weinger
“The Panama Canal, the Press and the Presidency” by Brian Ellison
“Revolutionary Bodies: Gender, Power, and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century France” by Erin Freeny
“Confounding Powers of Legalese: Booker School Boycott, Diplomatic Doublespeak, and the Battle over Reciprocal School Desegregation in Sarasota, Florida” by Joshua Orr
“The Deane-Lee Affair: A Political Scandal and its effects on a Developing Nation” by Tess Repenning
“Military Theory and Political Reality in the American Civil War” by David Slavkin
“Démocratie Déraillée: (Democracy Derailed) Understanding Haiti’s Debilitating Legacy of Ineffective Governance and Instability” by Audrey Danielle Nicoleau
“Personality Type as a Correlate of Success in Traditional and Non-Traditional Colleges: A Person-Environment Congruence Perspective” by Alexander Mosca
The Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College is home to a broad assortment of books, scholarly journals, national and international databases, and other print and electronic media related to the study of history and is available to students throughout the year. The hotspot of the library is the Academic Resource Center (ARC) with chic café-style seating and every modern technological amenity in the book. It houses the Writing Resource Center, Quantitative Resource Center, Language Resource Center, Educational Technology Services and an open-use computer lab. The ARC provides state-of-the-art technology and plenty of room for library patrons to study and collaborate. Cook Library also holds the Dr. Helen N. Fagin Holocaust Collection, a collection of materials related to the Holocaust, genocide and humanitarian studies. The Fagin room can be reserved for occasional small meetings connected with the collection.
Of particular interest to students interested in medieval and Renaissance history, in recent years the library has received a number of manuscript leaves dating from the tenth to the sixteenth centuries, including a sixteenth-century manuscript prayer book, thanks to the generosity of Lawrence Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle of Longboat Key, Florida.
In addition to the library and its collections, students studying history and other disciplines within the social sciences at New College have access to a dedicated Social Sciences Research Laboratory in our new Academic Center. The lab features state-of-the-art computer equipment and resources that are helpful for student research in the field.
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Started in 1976, the Biennial New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies draws top scholars from around the world to campus every two years. Encompassing European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, and religion from the fourth to the 17th centuries, the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope makes it a good fit for students doing interdisciplinary work, and it is recognized internationally as one of the preeminent venues for researchers working in Italian medieval and Renaissance studies. Students have the opportunity to meet one on one with the scholars and attend the conference presentations.
Each February at the Jane Bancroft Cook Library on campus, the New College community celebrates Black History Month with an African American Read-In, a sort of reading marathon for history and literature lovers. In addition to students, faculty and staff reading aloud from works of historical significance, the event draws authors and scholars from throughout the area and across the country. The African-American Read-In is part of a national event in conjunction with Black History Month, endorsed by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association.
The greater Sarasota and Bradenton communities are also home to an assortment of museums, historical settlements and ruins, and other activities and events that are popular among students studying history at the College. Most notable among these are the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, located next door to campus and offering free admission to students, and Spanish Point Historical Park, located about 20 minutes south of our campus.