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History and Social Sciences


About

R.G. Collingwood, a British philosopher, suggested that history is an inquiry that helps humans understand who we are by instructing us about what we have done. At St. Mark’s, the History and Social Sciences Department exposes students not only to important historical facts, but also to the imaginative process of understanding and evaluating the significance of those facts in the light of the present day. This process is a catalyst for intellectual growth, for it broadens and enriches one’s perception of human activity as it sharpens one’s powers of analysis and communication. It also prepares our students to be more effective global citizens.

Students become acquainted with the past in varying ways: through historiography, primary sources, passages from literature, data analysis, and works of art. Exploration of the content is paired with age-appropriate skill development in every class. Key skills include proficiencies in analytical reading and writing, creative problem-solving, building and defending arguments, collaboration, research, and public presentation.

The process of historical research begins early and continues throughout the curriculum. In the Global Seminar course, students progress from smaller research projects closely directed by their teachers to the more complex and independent research papers that students produce by the end of the year. In the United States History survey courses, students present a significant, researched historical essay on a subject of their choice. This project is prepared over a period of weeks during which the student and teacher work together in the library on the paper’s research and preparation. The Global Seminar and the United States History survey courses are the Departmental graduation requirements. All other courses are elective, with continuing study of History recommended for students as they progress between the two required courses.

Suggested Pathway for Historical Studies at St. Mark’s School

Form III The Global Seminar

(This is a required course in the Third Form year.)

Form IV Mediterranean Civilization to 1450 (Fall)

East Asian Civilization to 1600 (Fall)

Eurocentrism or World History? (Fall)

The Atlantic World, 1300-1800 (Spring)

Form V United States History

Advanced United States History

(One of the above two courses is required for graduation)

Form VI Advanced United States Government

Cultural Anthropology (Spring)

Microeconomics (Fall) and Macroeconomics (Spring)

Journey into the Land of Ice and Fire (Spring)

History of the Modern Middle East (Fall)

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (Spring)

The American Conservative Movement (Fall)

Sacred Spaces: Sites of Spirituality (Fall)

History Research Fellowship (Fall)

Faculty

Laura Appell-Warren

Titles: Director of Global Citizenship and the Global Citizenship Institute, History&Social Sciences and Religion Teacher
Departments: History and Social Sciences, Religion
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School: 508.786.6155

Robert Calagione

Class of '04
Titles: History & Social Sciences Teacher
Departments: History and Social Sciences
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School: 508.786.6082

Carl Corazzini

Titles: Director of Wellness/History Teacher/Hockey Coach
Departments: Dean of Students Office, History and Social Sciences
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School: 508.786.6224

Colleen Finnerty

Class of '11
Titles: French Teacher, History and Social Sciences Faculty
Departments: History and Social Sciences, Modern Languages
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Adam Jewell

Titles: History and Social Sciences
Departments: History and Social Sciences
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School: 508.786.6182

Michele Killeen

Titles: History Teacher
Departments: History and Social Sciences
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School: 508.786.6182

Elise London

Titles: Assoc Director College Counseling, History and Social Sciences Teacher
Departments: College Counseling, History and Social Sciences
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School: 508.786.6324

David Lyons

Titles: History Teacher
Departments: History and Social Sciences
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School: 508.786.6338

Katharine Millet

Titles: History and Social Sciences Dept Chair, History Teacher, Director of St.Mark's Saturdays
Departments: History and Social Sciences
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School: 508.786.6081

Elise Morgan

Titles: Senior Associate Director of Admission, History and Social Sciences Teacher
Departments: History and Social Sciences, Admission
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School: 508.786.6122

Colleen Worrell

Titles: Director of the Center
Departments: History and Social Sciences, Dean of Academics, Religion, The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
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School: 508.786.4057

Courses

Suggested Pathway for Historical Studies at St. Mark’s School

Form III

Global Seminar
(This is a required course in the Third Form year.)

Form IV
Mediterranean Civilization to 1450
Middle Eastern Civilization to 1450 CE
East Asian Civilization to 1600
The Atlantic World, 1300–1800

Form V
United States History
Advanced United States History

Form VI
Advanced Art History
African-American Leadership in the Twentieth Century
Cultural Anthropology
Micro- and Macroeconomics
History of the Modern Middle East
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
Sites of Spirituality