History is not just a subject for classroom study at William Jewell. The entire college is steeped in rich tradition from the foundations of Jewell Hall to the Civil War graves on campus. Here history majors and minors are challenged to consider past events as they relate to the present. They are encouraged to explore ethical and religious concerns as well as social issues. Through their investigation of topics in American history and world history, including the continuing Middle East crisis, students gain insight into a variety of disciplines, cultures, and current trends.
Degree program offered
The history faculty members at WJC do more than prepare majors and minors for a single career; they give them a solid foundation in research, critical thinking, and analytical learning that students can use in a variety of jobs or in graduate study. Class sizes are kept small to encourage individual attention and the free exchange of ideas. At Jewell many other outstanding opportunities are open to those who enter the field of history:
- Internships that provide practical job experiences at any one of several venues including local museums, genealogical libraries, and law offices
- 22 overseas study programs
- A chapter of the history honor society Phi Alpha Theta that has been in existence at William Jewell for over 60 years
- Colloquium, seminar, and readings courses that allow students to explore topics of personal interest not specifically listed in the catalog
- A capstone course in which majors conduct in-depth research on a project of their choosing
- Ability to present student research papers to the college and community through participation in the annual David Nelson Duke Undergraduate Colloquium
- A curriculum that incorporates the study of historiography
- Meaningful assignments that involve not only research and book reviews but also counterfactual history (proposing what might have been)
- Opportunities to visit places of historical interest such as local museums like the National World War I Museum and the Truman Library
- Varied methods of teaching including multimedia presentations that allow students to view pictures of important sites and historical figures, maps, works of art, and relevant movie clips as specific topics are discussed in class
- Periodically scheduled “Movie Nights” each semester featuring films of historical interest
- Occasional on-campus addresses by noted historians like Niall Ferguson and Garry Wills
- Outstanding area libraries including the regional branch of the National Archives in Kansas City and the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education
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, Ph.D Professor of History
Dr. Howell, a former Fulbright lecturer at the University of Iceland, received his M.A. and Ph.D degrees from Louisiana State University with additional study at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, the Free University of Berlin, the University of Texas, and Rice University. His special interests include World War II, the Middle East, the Civil War, and modern America. His current areas of research are the Writers’ War Board in World War II and the 1873 Colfax Massacre in Louisiana, the most devastating single act of racial violence during Reconstruction.
Elaine A. Reynolds
, Ph.D. Professor of History and Department Chair
Dr. Reynolds is a recognized expert in the field of British policing in the 18th
centuries. She received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University in her native state of New York, and she was a Visiting Fellow at Harris-Manchester College, Oxford. Dr. Reynolds teaches a variety of courses in European history. In addition, she regularly offers a class on capital punishment as part of the General Education curriculum. The author of Before the Bobbies: The Night Watch and Police Reform in Metropolitan London,1720-1830
, she is currently researching her second book, which concerns the Piccadilly police.
Dr. Woodruff received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln after an M.A. at the University of South Dakota-Vermillion with additional study at the American Academy in Rome, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, and the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. She teaches ancient, medieval, and world history as well as all levels of Latin and classical Greek languages. Special subjects of interest for Dr. Woodruff include Roman comic drama, the last century of the Roman Republic, and the survival of classical forms, characters, and themes in later literatures and histories