History

Heidi (Adele) Rofuth ‘10 HIST-AdeleRofuth
F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-R
History, WGST
Pre-Med

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

My favorite thing about the history department is that there is so much variety in history classes that one can take, regardless of one’s concentration. For example, I am concentrating in U.S. history, and I am very interested in Medicine as well. The history department has a class on the history of healthcare, which I will be taking this fall (09F). Thus, in the history department, it is very possible to incorporate one’s many interests into one’s major. My least favorite thing about the department is that it is quite large and it can be rather difficult to form strong bonds with professors at first, but if one puts in some effort, the History department is very welcoming and supportive.

Important info for potential majors:

I especially like the History major because it is possible to go into so many fields after being a history major. I have interned both in a Senator’s Office as well as for a company that organizes venture capital forums for women led businesses;  thus, being a history major does not confine students to any particular field.

Talk to me if:

Talk to me if you’re interested in United States History or if you want to talk about being a history major but also being very interested in healthcare.

Most valuable academic info learned:

The most valuable academic info I have learned is that one can never perfectly plan one’s academic career, as I quickly learned freshman year. I took various classes in many subjects but did not start to experiment with history until my freshman spring, but I then realized that I wanted to spend much more time focusing on history. Thus, I think that students need to give themselves time to figure out often by trial and error what they are most interested in to get the most out of their Dartmouth academic experience.

Favorite class and professor:

My favorite class and professor thus far is History 15: American Indian History: 1830 to Present with Professor Calloway. This was the first History class I took at Dartmouth, and I loved it because I did not know very much about American Indian History, but after ten weeks, Professor Calloway had taught me an impressive amount of information that increased my interest in studying history and then led me to where I am today.

Major classes taken:

HIST 15, 25, 27, 60, 67

Major journey:

When I first arrived at Dartmouth, I was very unsure about what I would major in. At first, I thought I would be an Economics major, and I took a few Economics classes. My freshman spring a friend recommended a History 15 to me, which I decided to take. This class helped me to quickly realize that I am far more interested in history rather than Economics, and I enjoyed studying history much more. Thus, I think that for many students it takes quite some time to realize what academic major is the best fit for them.

Thesis status:

I do not plan on writing a thesis as I have decided to double-major in WGST as well.

Other activities:

Book Buddy Program – Chair; Women in Business – 85 Broads Chair; Delta Delta Delta – Vice-President – Public Relations, 08X; Sexual Abuse Peer Advisor; Ivy Council – Secretary (06F-07S)

Off-campus program:

Spanish LSA in Barcelona, 08W

Internship experience:

The Office of Senator John Kerry, Intern, 08F, Washington, D.C.; Springboard Enterprises, Associate, 08F, Washington, D.C.

sliderBrian Solomon ‘11 HIST-BrianSolomon
F09-S10 D-plan: FSP-R-R
History Major, Government Minor

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

The professors are all top rate and are extremely willing to talk to you about anything. The only problem is that there are too many of them to learn from in just four years.

Important info for potential majors:

Don’t get sucked into a track like “American History” just because you are used to the material. There are other, less conventional routes to take and many students miss learning about them until they’ve already committed to studying the same material as in high school.

Talk to me if:

Talk to me if you’re interested in crafting an “unorthodox” avenue for your major. If I haven’t thought about it, I know people who have.

Most valuable academic info learned:

Read class material, think about it on your own or with classmates, then go talk to your Professor. Establish a working relationship with your teachers before you have a problem.

Favorite class and professor:

I’ve loved pretty much every History class. But Prof. Darrow, in my Freshman Seminar, and Prof. Butler, in History 20, were superb both at lecturing and extracting the most out of discussion sections.

Major classes taken:

HIST 5, 12, 20, 43, 61

Major journey:

Coming to Dartmouth, I knew that I enjoyed history. But I also had interest in politics, economics, psychology, and even Arabic. Made sure that I tried everything, but history seemed to call to me after taking a few classes. Now I feel great about my major and I have no regrets.

Major-specific activities:

Independent research project in London in 09F on the idea of “Greater Britain” in the 19th century.

Thesis status:

Planned in Intellectual History.

Other activities:

Assistant Opinion Editor and Staff Columnist, The Dartmouth; Writing and New Media Tutor, RWIT

Off-campus program:

History FSP in London, 09F

Internship experience:

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Research Intern, 08X, Princeton University
Personal Democracy Forum, Intern, 09S, New York City

sliderCaroline G. Ward ‘11 HIST-CarolineWard
F09-S10 D-plan: R-L-R
History/Public Policy or Government
Pre-Law

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

The History Department offers interesting and relevant classes that pertain to a wide range of historical time periods and geographical regions. What truly defines the department is its superior faculty, consisting of extremely impressive scholars who are truly invested in their students. I love studying history because it helps to explain modern day issues. At the same time, certain classes can be quite large, making it nearly impossible to entertain class discussion. The study of history also demands a great deal of paper writing.

Important info for potential majors:

No matter what your post-graduation plans, a history major is very useful because it displays  competency in communication and critical thinking. Simply put, studying history provides you with a well-rounded education in world issues. The history department is a great resource, and a professor’s office hours can provide one with valuable insight regarding class assignments.

Talk to me if:

Talk to me if you’re interested in Modern European History, government, or being pre-Law.

Most valuable academic info learned:

Don’t be afraid to attend a professor’s office hours- showing up will show that you’re invested in the class and he or she can clarify concepts as well as assist you with resources for long-term projects/deciding on a history concentration.

Favorite class and professor:

History 50: Modern Britain, 1780 to Present with Professor Estabrook. The class was extremely interesting and focused on contemporary British issues. Lectures were engaging, and weekly discussion sections really helped to delve deeper into course themes.  The course solidified my decision to become a history major and provided me with valuable background for my government courses in European Politics.

Major classes taken:

HIST 6.2, 7.1, 50, 62,

Major journey:

Though I always possessed a general interest in History and Social Science, I originally was considering a Chemistry Major. However, after not enjoying Chem 5 my freshmen fall nearly as much as my freshmen history seminar on Marie Antoinette as well as taking History of Modern Britain during Spring ‘08, I decided to declare a history major. I’m considering going to law school, and a history major is very useful for Pre-Law students.

Thesis status:

Undecided.

Other activities:

Student Assembly, Student Life Committee- Class of 2011 Representative; The DREAM Mentoring Program; Green Key Society; Alpha Xi Delta-Panhellenic Council Representative; marathon training.

Off-campus program:

French LSA in Lyon, 09W

Internship experience:

I participated in the Rockefeller Center’s First Year Fellows Program in the summer of 2008. I worked as an intern for Learn and Serve America at the National Corporation for Community Service’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

sliderCynthia Kahlenberg ’10 hist1-cynthkjpg
F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-R
History major/chemistry minor
Pre-med

Favorite and least favorite thing about department:

The History Department is relatively large and therefore has an incredible array of resources and a wide range of class offerings. At the same time, however, because of the size, you have to take the initiative to seek out professors, advising, and resources.

Important info for potential majors:

The history major can lead to absolutely any career field. The classes in this department teach you to think analytically and critically, and the skills you learn will prepare you for any future endeavor that you choose.

Talk to me if:

you are concerned about where the history major will get you career-wise, or if you are interested in a career that you don’t think is related to history, but you still enjoy classes in this department.

Most valuable academic information learned:

For a lot of history classes, it’s hard to find a reason to go to office hours. You might not have questions about the material in the same way you would for other types of classes. With history, though, you really don’t need to have a specific problem in order to go talk to a professor. Most of the members of the department love just talking to students on a more personal level.

Favorite class and professor:

My favorite class was History 54: The Russian Empire with Professor Whelan. The class focused on an area of history that I previously knew nothing about. Also, Professor Whelan is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the subject, and each one of her lectures is exciting and engaging.

Major classes taken:

HIST 3, 14, 42, 54, 77;

Major journey:

I came to Dartmouth thinking I would be a Chemistry major. Based on a suggestion from an upperclassman, I took History 3 during freshman fall. I absolutely loved the class and decided to pursue further study of history. I spoke with pre-med advisors and History Department professors and realized that I could fulfill all pre-med requirements while still completing the history major.

Thesis status:

I hope to write a thesis regarding a topic in the history of medicine.

Other activities:

Ski Patrol; Tour Guide; College Student Interest Group of Neurology- Treasurer; Surgical Volunteers Program at DHMC; Club Soccer; Mentors Against Violence; Delta Delta Delta- VP of finance for 08X; DOC First Year Trips Leader

Off Campus Program:

History FSP in London, 08F

Internship experience:

Pregnancy Aid Center, Volunteer, 06X, Maryland; Neuroscience research with Professor Granger; Intern, 07W/07S, Hanover

sliderEmily Ulrich ‘11
F09-S10 D-plan: FSP-R-R
Double History and Liguistics

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

The Professors in the History department are passionate about their subject and are willing to engage with students one on one outside of class.  There are great research opportunities, and an FSP to London.  As well as learning about History, the department teaches students the process behind academic research. By offering an inside view of this dialogue, students themselves are invited into the debate.  Instead of just memorizing facts, students are invited to participate in questioning the past.  All history students are required to take courses in different geographic areas. If one has a tight schedule it can be challenging to work everything in, however with considered planning this should not be too frustrating an obstacle to overcome.

Important info for potential majors:

Start by taking a course that interests you without worrying about whether or not you are going to major in the department and how/if that will effect your career etc. Choosing a major should be the natural result of following your interests, not a forced attempt at creating a “future”.

Talk to me if:

You are interested multiple subject areas so we can find a way to connect them and get a satisfying major out of your interests.

Most valuable academic info learned:

Go to office hours, ask questions, and get to know your professors and the research they are doing.  It gives you insight beyond your classes into your field of study.

Favorite class and professor:

Hard question: History 43 with Prof. Simons was incredible because it surveyed the whole arc of the middle ages and introduced me for the first time in a serious way to the subject.  The course peaked my curiosity and I’m now majoring in this time period.  I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to try out the History department. For seminar classes: Hist. 49 with Prof. Estabrook and Eng. 20 with Prof. Warren.

Major classes taken:

Just to clarify, Medieval Studies includes courses outside of the History department.  Therefore I’ve taken:  Hist 43, 49; Eng. 20; Comp 10; Rel 34.

Major journey:

Freshman year I dedicated myself to taking interesting classes without worrying about my major. It was obvious early on that I was drawn to the social sciences, and after Hist. 43 when I discovered an interest in the Middle Ages, the modified History major was an obvious choice. It allowed me to take classes in other departments that interested me, but also assured me that I would create a solid foundation in the period.

Major-specific activities:

(Hopefully) Presidential Scholar with Prof. Warren (We hear back in 5 days, so once I know I can either include this or not…) Undergraduate research grant for dialect study in Treviso, Italy.

Thesis status:

I intend to write a thesis, but I’m still in the early stages of planning it.  I’m hoping to concentrate on 15th century manuscripts in England/Northern France but I still need to narrow down my topic.

Other activities:

Fusion Dance Ensemble, Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, Flute Teacher, Italian Drill Instructor, Sigma Delta

Off-campus program:

TA of Italian LSA+ in Rome, 08S; History FSP London, 09F

sliderKarli Beitel ‘10 HIST-KarliBeitel
F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-R
History Major, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Minor

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

The best thing about the history department is the depth of knowledge each professor has in their area of study.  They are like interactive encyclopedias that know the basics, the details, the historiographical arguments, and the important literature in the field.  Also, Gail Vernazza, the Department Secretary, is helpful and responsive to any of your departmental questions.  My least favorite thing about the history department is that for certain concentrations the relevant classes are limited.  That, and the history building, Carson, has so many stairs to climb to get to certain classes (but at least it has Green Print in the basement).

Important info for potential majors:

Try multiple professors and subject areas!  If you take a take a class and don’t like it, try again with a different professor or a different topic.  It is funny but I’ve found that all the history majors I know have different opinions about the best professors and classes.  Find what you like!

Talk to me if:

You’re undecided about which classes to start with, the History FSP, or if you’re unsure about the major, a concentration, or the different styles of the professors!

Most valuable academic info learned:

Don’t stress about fitting in distributive requirements, major requirements, and cool-looking classes.  If you’re clueless about a major, start by testing out subjects (fulfilling distributives as you go).  Once you’ve made a decision, map it out best you can but don’t worry if you’re missing things.  As long as you’re aware of them, you’ll get them done.  Some great classes are last-minute opportunities taught by visiting professors or additional classes you test out.

Favorite class and professor:

History 50: Modern Britain 1780-Present with Professor Estabrook.  Professor Estabrook has a knack for engaging lectures and neat readings that make the subject fun to learn about.  I also thought History 79: Postwar Japan with Professor Ericson was a gem of a class.

Major classes taken:

History 2, 25, 40, 41, 49, 50, 52, 79, 97

Major journey:

I came in to Dartmouth looking at Cognitive Science and Spanish, but freshman spring I took History 25, US Foreign Relations since 1900, with Professor Miller and got hooked on history.  I thought I would focus on the history of the United States, but soon found an interest in Great Britain after taking classes with Professor Estabrook.

Other activities:

Dartmouth Broadcasting Finance Director; Women’s Club Lacrosse; Hanover Youth Lacrosse Coach

Off-campus program:

Spanish LSA in Barcelona, 08W and History FSP in London, 08F

sliderUma Mullapudi ‘10 hist3-uma
F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-R
History

Favorite and least favorite thing about department:

I like that many history classes are small which has allowed me to get to know my peers and professors well. The small class size also creates a great learning environment which has allowed me to feel more comfortable with participating in class discussions. My least favorite thing about the department is that there are not many non-western course offerings.

Important info for potential majors:

Don’t be afraid to take courses that cover regions/topics you are unfamiliar with. I took a history course on Latin America on a whim during my freshman spring and it turned out to be incredibly interesting. Also take the time to get to know your professors because they truly want to help you become a better student, so never be afraid to stop by office hours or ask for help when you need it.

Talk to me if:

you are interested in applying to History FSP program and don’t know where to start. Also talk to me if you are switching majors and need help planning your courses.

Most valuable academic information learned:

Sit in on an extra history class during the first week of term so that you find classes you are interested in. You may enroll in a class that sounded good in the ORC but in the end may find that the syllabus doesn’t interest you. If that’s the case don’t be afraid to switch into a class you normally wouldn’t take—you might end up loving the material or the prof.

Favorite class and professor:

History 76: Modern South Asia with Professor Haynes was a great class. The material was extremely interesting and Prof Haynes really pushes you to produce the best work you can. The course was definitely challenging but I really enjoyed learning about the history and culture of South Asia.

Major classes taken:

HIST 5.6, 14, 76, 77.

Major journey:

I came to Dartmouth set on becoming a biology major because I thought it was practical but I found that many classes I had to take were too large and impersonal for me. I was more interested in and happier taking the history classes I was using for electives and distribs so I realized it would be a great major.

Major specific activities:

Planned independent research while on History FSP Fall 08.

Other activities:

Milan-President Policy, Tridelta-VP Public Relations, Green Key Society, SEAD, Haven Homework Club.

Off Campus Program:

History FSP in London, 08F.

Internship experience:

Oxfam America, Private Sector Department, Intern, 09W, Boston, MA
Brookhaven Labs, Medical Department, Research Assistant, 07X, Upton, NY.

sliderRebecca Wall ‘11 HIST-RebeccaWall
F09-S10 D-plan: L-R-R
History, Earth Science Minor

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

In my experience, the professors are interested in their students and want to get to know you.  Therefore, if you take the initiative to get to know them it is possible to create meaningful connections.  Also, the array of courses offered by the department is outstanding and certainly a strength.  Perhaps the only disadvantage of the department is its large size; with so many majors it can be easy to feel like one of many.  However, given the attentiveness of the professors this problem can be easy averted, and there are tons of smaller courses as well.

Important info for potential majors:

The skills learned in history courses (especially critical thinking and conducting research) will prove tremendously valuable no matter what you want to pursue, so do not worry that history is not practical or career-oriented enough.  Also, if you are interested in history try new sub-fields; if you already know you love American history, choose an African course instead.  Not only will you be exposed to new things, but you might discover a new passion.

Talk to me if:

If you are interested in colonialism or post-colonialism, especially African history.

Most valuable academic info learned:

Don’t be afraid to talk to other students and use the SA course review site when choosing classes.  Especially in the history department, where so much depends on the professor and there are so many courses to choose from, it is important to make sure the course is a good fit for your interests and learning style, something that the ORC alone cannot communicate.

Favorite class and professor:

I really enjoyed History 61, Britain and the Atlantic World with Professor Estabrook.  I took the course on a whim, and got much more than I expected out of it.  By far the most challenging class I’ve taken at Dartmouth, not only did I learn a lot about the fascinating history of the Atlantic and find my concentration, but I also learned how to think like a historian and engage with difficult material.

Major classes taken:

HIST 5.1, 43, 61, 62, 66

Major journey:

Before Dartmouth, I flirted with majoring in History but was pulled a million different ways (ENVS, English, and Earth Science, to name a few).  However, I took a history course freshman fall and loved it.  I kept taking more, and realized it wasn’t a coincidence that they were always my favorites.  My courses were fascinating, the department was great, and the major is flexible and open-ended; in the end, a history major just felt right.

Major-specific activities:

I haven’t heard yet about my final status, but I’ll hopefully be doing Presidential Scholar research with Professor Sackeyfio about the influence of print journalism on politics in 20th century Ghana.

Thesis status:

Intended

Other activities:

Outdoor Leadership Experience, Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble, UGA, Epsilon Kappa Theta, The Dartmouth-music columnist

Off-campus program:

French LSA in Lyon, 09S, Studies in International Development in Dakar, Senegal, 09F.

sliderStephanie Riedler ‘11 HIST-StephanieRiedler
F09-S10 D-plan: L-R-R
History/Psychology Double Major, Education Minor

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

The history professors are incredibly accessible, regardless if you’re in their class.  Every time I’ve had a question they get back to me the same day and are enthusiastic about helping you achieve your goals in the department.  When you’re a history major, you walk into a huge support system.   It is very competitive getting into any of the extremely popular classes, which are hard to get into the first time around, so you have to be persistent and reorganize your major card often.

Important info for potential majors:

Dabble!  You can create so many different major concentration areas from so many different classes that you should definitely explore any history class that interests you and use it as a springboard to decide what other classes you want to take.  Even though it seems like the history major has a lot of requirements, it is really flexible and easy to accomplish.  Take what you like and mold them to create a concentration!

Talk to me if:

You’re taking a Miller class or need any help with your major card – I’ve pretty much memorized the ORC/Course Guide and know the ins and outs of each class.

Most valuable academic info learned:

Get to know the professors in the department, even if you’re not in their class at the time.  They remember you, love to talk about their subjects, are great knowledgeable resources, and will help you get into classes later.  Also, talk to your professor before writing a paper!  The guidance they give you is invaluable and right at your fingertips.

Favorite class and professor:

History 25 – US Foreign Relations Since 1900 with Miller.  He knows his stuff so well and makes you feel so enlightened just from listening to his lectures, which really are like listening to a story.  He makes history relevant, intriguing, and assigns great readings/movies that invigorate the subject.  Miller is always available and so supportive.  The work is not only manageable but also enjoyable.  Go to class, do the work, you won’t regret it!

Major classes taken:

Hist 25, 26, 59

Major journey:

I was always interested in history but never thought I’d pursue a major.  After taking one history class I realized how incredible the department is and how, when looking at classes I was really interested in, I was passionate about history!  I definitely stumbled into my history major, but with the great diversity of class offerings it’s not hard to complete a major even if you just figure it out your sophomore year.

Major-specific activities:

Planning on going abroad to Germany in 10X to research my thesis

Thesis status:

Intended, advised by Professor Miller, on US involvement in World War II

Other activities:

Dartmouth Decibelles acapella group – Business Manager; Tri Delta Sorority – Sustainability Chair; Dartmouth Chamber Music – viola; Dartmouth Law Journal – Senior Editor;

Off-campus program:

Independent Study to Germany in 10X

Internship experience:

Upcoming leave term (09F) will be working at La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego, CA as a high school English/History teacher and Upper School writing assistant.

sliderStephanie Vance ‘10 HIST-StephanieVance
F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-L
History
Pre-law

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

For me, the best thing about the History department is how approachable and enthusiastic the professors are. I’ve taken history classes with professors who really make you love their subject and are always eager to chat during office hours, or offer advice.  Also, the classes are relatively small which allows for intimate as well as heated discussion (the only worthwhile kind!).  The only difficulty I’ve found with the History department is that there are so many great classes that I have had a hard time choosing which to forego.

Talk to me if:

Talk to me if you’re interested in recent U.S. history, specifically in issues relating to migration, race, gender, and sexuality.

Most valuable academic info learned:

The most valuable academic info learned relates to issues of immigrant labor activism, movies and popular culture during the 1920s, labor and Communist Party women’s organizing, women war workers in the 1940s, backlash politics in the 1950s, the civil rights movement, multiple feminist movements during the 1960s including Native American and welfare mothers’ activism, the politicization of violence against women from the 1970s to the 1990s, backlash activism by conservative women in the 1980s, lesbian feminism, and the fading of gender politics in the present day.

Favorite class and professor:

It’s a tie!  In Winter ’09, I took Professor Annelise Orleck’s class on American Women’s History since 1920, in which we interviewed women whose lives had spanned several decades, so as to encompass important racial, sexual, political movements (civil right’s movement, sexual revolution, feminist movements, conservative backlash etc). Also, I have taken History 27: Gender and Power in American History, 1607-1920 with Professor Butler, in which we examined the ways that race, religion, class and sexuality have helped to construct, and have themselves been constructed, by changing gender norms.

Major classes taken

Hist 3, Hist 5.3, Hist 5.4, Hist 16, Hist 19, Hist 23, Hist 54, Hist 27, Hist 28, Hist 96.1,

Major journey:

I came to Dartmouth thinking that I want to ultimately teach history to high school kids; make the great (and not so great) political figures come alive!  Along the way, I discovered my compelling interest in issues relating to WGST and am now considering law school in order to fight for the rights of the LGBTQ community.

Major-specific activities:

Research- Dean of Faculty Undergraduate Research Grant

Thesis status:

I am intending to write a history thesis with Professor Orleck.  My focus will be on the development of case law relating to gender, sexuality, equal protection, due process and the right to privacy.  I will be analyzing breakthrough court rulings covering issues of race (i.e. Brown v Board), contraception (i.e. Griswold v. Connecticut), abortion (i.e. Roe v Wade), gender (US v Virginia), sodomy (Lawrence v. Texas), and gay marriage (Baker v. State).

Other activities:

GSX (Gender Sexuality XYZ)- President- discussion leader; Untamed (feminist magazine)- writer, artist; The Displaced Theater Company; Collis Governing Board-member; SAPA (sexual abuse peer advisor); DFP-writer

Internship experience:

Lambda Legal (National Office)
Employer: Jeffrey Sakover
Position: Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project Intern
Term: X07
Location: 120 Wall Street, Suite 1500, New York, NY