History
& Social Science

Through a variety of courses, students are introduced to the challenges and rewards of studying the past and the many facets of human society. In all courses, teachers urge students to become more knowledgeable about the many peoples, cultures, events, controversies, and ideas that have shaped our world. Practical experience as historians is learned by reading a range of sources, participating in discussion-oriented seminar classes, and preparing a variety of analytical and interpretive essays. Exposing students to the moral and ethical issues that have faced other people in other times, in studying the struggles and triumphs that have marked human history and, in understanding the purposes that have divided people as well as those that have united them, is crucial part of a Deerfield education.

  1. ECN600

    Economics

  2. HIS201

    Ancient Civilizations

  3. HIS210

    Africa and Latin America

  4. HIS220

    Asia in World History

  5. HIS230

    Big History

  6. HIS400

    United States History

  7. HIS502

    AP Seminar: H2O & Food Systems

  8. HIS503

    American Studies

  9. HIS513

    Honors United States History

  10. HIS523

    Honors European History

  11. HIS622

    U.S.-China Relations

  12. HIS624

    Sun Tzu to Suicide Bombers

  13. HIS628

    War, Ideology & Revolution

  14. HIS629

    Environmental Justice

  15. HIS631

    Africa through the Lens

Frequently Asked Questions

Though only two years of history are required (U.S. History and another non-U.S. history) many students in their senior year decide to continue on in history, pursuing their interests in a research-based curriculum.

Study abroad is available to all students from their sophomore to senior years, although typically students who choose to go abroad will do so during their junior year.

In order to garner Honors distinction a student must have a cumulative term average above 90.0%. High Honors requires an average of 93.0% or above. Exemplary students with a grade point average of 92.0 or higher may qualify for admission to the Cum Laude Society, a national honor society. 

Yes! We have several that prepare students for AP exams, including Honors American History and Honors European History, and Economics 

Contact the History Department

jrivellinolyons@deerfield.edu
413-774-1491
Fax 413-772-1128

Main School Building
Mon–Fri, 8am–4pm

7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 87
Deerfield, MA 01342