The Ruane Center for the Humanities, the College’s signature academic build- ing, opened for classes in September. The three-level, 63,000-square-foot building is the new home for the Development of Western Civilization Program, the Liberal Arts Honors Program, and the English and history departments. Highlights include a 50-foot-tall Gothic tower entrance, a spacious Great Room with an outdoor terrace, a dozen seminar rooms, two large lecture halls, a 50-seat tiered classroom, a mid-sized flexible classroom, and an outdoor classroom. The Ruane Center was made possible by a leadership gift from Michael A. Ruane ’71 & ’13Hon., former chairman of the Board of Trustees, and his wife, Elizabeth.
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History Programs and Degrees

The Department of History and Classics encourages a sensitivity to the past so you can better understand the present and deal with the challenges of the future. We train and instruct students in historical method and place an emphasis on doing the work of history with the greatest possible objectivity — resisting personal and social prejudice and ideological fashion.

Our department emphasizes an appreciation of the Judeo-Christian heritage — keeping with the Catholic and Dominican character and mission of the College. We promote an understanding of democratic tradition and practice and their relation to the responsibilities of citizenship and humane development of the nation and the world.

Majors are offered in history and history/secondary education, both of which lead to the bachelor of arts degree. A minor in history is also available.

The history/secondary education bachelor’s degree option is designed to provide in-depth training in history for those seeking careers as high school history teachers. Students are expected to fulfill all the requirements of the history concentration and to follow a program of courses established by the Department of Secondary Education for teacher preparation.

For a listing of course descriptions and degree requirements, please see the following: