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. HIS201

    Ancient Civilizations

  2. HIS210

    Africa and Latin America

  3. HIS220

    Asia in World History

  4. HIS230

    Big History

  5. HIS400

    United States History

  6. HIS405

    Gender in Sport

  7. HIS502

    AP Seminar: H2O & Food Systems

  8. HIS503

    American Studies

  9. HIS513

    Honors United States History

  10. HIS523

    Honors European History

  11. HIS605

    History of Opium

  12. HIS611

    Understanding the Holocaust

  13. HIS619

    The History of Capitalism

  14. HIS628

    War, Ideology & Revolution

  15. HIS633

    Politics & Science of Memory

  16. HIS634

    History of Climate Change

  17. HIS639

    The Art of Political Argument

Faculty and Staff

  1. Tricia Batchelor

    History and Social Science Teacher
    History and Social Science
  2. Michael Cary

    History & Social Science Teacher
    Philosophy & Religion, History and Social Science
  3. Mary Ellen Friends

    History and Social Science Teacher
    History and Social Science
  4. Brian Hamilton

    History & Social Science Department Chair & Teacher
    History and Social Science
  5. Kiyo Kuwana

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Assoc. Dean of Students,11th & 12th, Hist./Soc. Sci. Teacher
    Student Life Office, History and Social Science
  12. David Miller

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

    History & Social Science Teacher
    History and Social Science
  14. Prudence Munkittrick

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

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

    History & Soc. Sci. Teacher
    History and Social Science
  17. 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