History Majors, Past and Present
Like many of my classmates, I was drawn to Williams’ history department by an interest in the subject matter. After sampling several courses, I decided, primarily because I enjoyed it, to major in history (as well as political economy). Although I never intended to pursue a career in history, I thought that in focusing on
I always planned to teach. When I was ten, I was going to teach fifth grade — then middle school — then high school. So I fell into the idea of teaching college as a matter of course, and settled on teaching history, rather than English or math, so naturally that I don’t even remember
I majored in history after my father suggested that above all else after graduation, I would be expected to “think critically and write clearly.” Following my interests in military strategy and leadership, I spent my senior year analyzing (marginally critically and clearly) the Spanish invasion of Mexico and the Vietnam War for my senior thesis.
I began to consider a history-related career in my junior year at Williams while taking the required History 301 seminar, and realized the depth of my interest in history that summer while interning at a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C. Although I did apply to a variety of jobs in my senior year,