Dr. Jane Woodruff believes Jewell has much to offer: “Its excellent faculty works closely with incoming students, advising them and guiding them in research.” From their first day, they “have direct contact with experts who hold doctorates instead of graduate students” who often teach entry-level courses at large universities. She notes that “Jewell’s size allows its faculty to get to know the students on a personal basis.” In addition, the Jewell History Department works hard to prepare graduates to enter the job market or to continue their studies. “We offer internships to students who want work experience, and we can also provide one-on-one independent study courses to meet the personal interests of our majors.”
Dr. Woodruff’s interdisciplinary degrees led her to courses in ancient history and culture as well as classical languages and literature. History provided the factual base for her literary studies. “It explained not only what happened but also what led to those events and what resulted from them. Then I could explore how historical events were reflected in Latin and Greek literature and culture.” While working in both the departments of languages and history, Dr. Woodruff also finds time to sing in local choirs, travel abroad and read historical fiction and mysteries.
She is always enthusiastic about ancient and medieval history as well as about the classical languages she teaches. “I want to expand the perspectives of my students by helping them understand something new or see something they didn’t notice before.” Dr. Woodruff’s goal is to give students a broad education that will “make them more aware of their world and the forces that have shaped it.”
Studying history shapes minds, broadens views and prepares students for the world. Read how these history majors and professors find a connection with Jewell and their chosen field.