The Department of History supports the mission of Rhode Island College and the College of Arts and Sciences through its commitment to academic excellence and integrity and its emphasis on the central mission of teaching in a comprehensive, liberal arts college. The Department imparts a fundamental understanding of the formative role of the past to undergraduates across the College through its role in the Core Curriculum of the General Education Program, through elective courses it offers to support other programs and majors, and in its core History / Liberal Arts, History/Secondary Education and History/Elementary Education majors. In every case, History faculty promote critical thinking, historical interpretation and analytical writing.
In support of this mission, the Department recruits and maintains a diverse, research-active faculty. It is a collective of teachers and scholars whose research serves a variety of local, national and international audiences, communicated through both traditional print venues and in numerous public forums and conferences. This professional commitment brings originality and creativity to the classroom, challenges students with innovative, demanding ideas and stimulates historical curiosity and intellectual engagement.