History
& Social Science

The History and Social Science at Deerfield Academy challenges students to identify and explain the forces, visible and invisible, that shape our world. By learning to think like historians and social scientists, our students come to appreciate knowledge as constructed, rooted in intellectual and social traditions, and produced by unending argument. In our seminar-style courses, classmates form scholarly communities in which they wrestle with knotty interpretive and ethical questions and create original work in varied media that expands the boundaries of our collective understanding. With their choice of courses at every level, our young scholars pursue their curiosity while engaging with a diversity of voices, regions, and disciplines. Along the way, students develop the critical thinking, analytical writing, and oral communication skills that prepare them to become agents of change in a rapidly changing world.

  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. HIS405

    Gender in Sport

  8. HIS502

    AP Seminar: H2O & Food Systems

  9. HIS503

    American Studies

  10. HIS513

    Honors United States History

  11. HIS523

    Honors European History

  12. HIS605

    History of Opium

  13. HIS611

    Understanding the Holocaust

  14. HIS619

    The History of Capitalism

  15. HIS628

    War, Ideology & Revolution

  16. HIS633

    Politics & Science of Memory

  17. HIS639

    The Art of Political Argument

  18. LAW600

    Moot Court: U.S. Constitution

  19. POL404

    Campaigns & Elections

  20. POL601

    U.S.-China Relations

  21. POL610

    Sun Tzu to Suicide Bombers

  22. PSY400

    Introduction to Psychology

  23. SOC404

    Exploring Race and Racism

  24. SOC405

    Sport in Society

  25. SOC604

    Environmental Justice

Faculty and Staff

  1. Tricia Batchelor

    History and Social Science Teacher
    History and Social Science
  2. Mary Ellen Friends

    History and Social Science Teacher
    Rising Scholars Program, History and Social Science
  3. Brian Hamilton

    History & Social Science Department Chair & Teacher
    History and Social Science
  4. Tara Keegan

    History & Social Science Teacher
    History and Social Science
  5. John Leistler

    History & Social Science Teacher
    History and Social Science
  6. John Lim

    History & Social Science Teaching Fellow
    History and Social Science
  7. Joe Lyons

    History & Social Science Teacher
    History and Social Science
  8. Tim McVaugh

    History and Social ScienceTeacher
    Athletics - Office, History and Social Science
  9. Kristen McVaugh

    History and Social Science Teacher
    History and Social Science
  10. Becca Melvoin

    Dean of Residential Life, Hist./Soc. Sci. Teacher
    Student Life Office, History and Social Science
  11. David Miller

    Director of Educational Initiatives, Hist & Soc Sci Teacher
    Summer Programs Office, History and Social Science, Center for Service/Global Citizenship
  12. Prudence Munkittrick

    History & Social Science Teacher
    History and Social Science
  13. Conrad Pitcher

    History and Social Science Teacher
    History and Social Science
  14. Julia Rivellino-Lyons

    History & Soc. Sci. Teacher
    History and Social Science
  15. Abe Wehmiller

    Associate Dean of Faculty, History Teacher
    History and Social Science, Dean of the Faculty's Office

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

Brian Hamilton
413-774-1491
Fax 413-772-1128

Main School Building
Mon–Fri, 8am–4pm

7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 87
Deerfield, MA 01342