Humanities & Social Sciences

The humanities and social sciences department — which includes U.S. and world history, philosophy and religion, contemporary global issues, economics, and psychology — emphasizes critical thinking, clear oral and written expression, and active participation in classroom discussions.

Programs

History

History courses offer opportunities to examine many regions of our rapidly shrinking world. Students who intend to pursue a thorough course of history at Hotchkiss are encouraged to study other countries in addition to the U.S.

Prep and lower mid humanities history courses pay particular attention to note taking, writing, research, and reading skills. Lower mid history humanities is devoted to the study of U.S. history. Courses for upper mids and seniors allow students to advance their knowledge and study the history of particular countries and regions.


Philosophy and Religion

The Philosophy and Religion program is committed to the importance of thinking hard about one’s own and others’ most fundamental values and beliefs. Growth in such thinking comes through critical conversation – with philosophers and religious thinkers (past and present), with forms of life very different from one’s own, with long-established traditions and their keenest critics, and with classmates and teachers. Each of our courses invites students to join actively in this conversation. All our courses ask you, the student, to think for yourself: questioning received opinion, learning from outlooks that challenge your assumptions, and trying out your own ideas.

Social Sciences

Courses in social science examine how people shape and are shaped by their cultural, economic, and political environments.

The Humanities Program

Students in the Humanities Program — a required series of interdisciplinary courses for preps and lower mids — grapple with concepts and questions through the study of literature, art, history, philosophy and religion.

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Patrick Boor

Patrick Boor

Instructor in Humanities
Samuel Crimmins

Samuel Crimmins

Teaching Fellow in Economics
Andrew D'Ambrosio

Andrew D'Ambrosio

Instructor in History, Philosophy & Religion
Thomas Drake

Thomas Drake

The Class of 1938 Teaching Chair, Director of the Center for Global Understanding and Independent Thinking, Instructor in History
Verena Drake

Verena Drake

Instructor in Art History
Michael Eckert

Michael Eckert

Dean of Academic Life, Instructor in Humanities and Social Sciences
Michael Fitzgerald

Michael Fitzgerald

Instructor in History
Jared Hall

Jared Hall

Instructor in History
Rory Hart

Rory Hart

Instructor in History
Samuel King

Samuel King

Instructor in Philosophy & Religion
Adam Lang

Adam Lang

Meredith Mallory George '78 Teaching Chair, Instructor in Economics
Jason Larson

Jason Larson

Instructor in Philosophy and Religion Chaplain
Amanda McClure

Amanda McClure

Dean of the Class of 2020, Instructor in Humanities
Keith Moon

Keith Moon

E. Carleton Granbery Teaching Chair, Instructor in English, History, and Russian Language
Louis Pressman

Louis Pressman

Chaplain, The Independence Foundation Chair #1, Instructor in Philosophy and Religion
Amanda Robiolio

Amanda Robiolio

Teaching Fellow in History
Andrew Ruoss

Andrew Ruoss

Instructor in History
Paula Russo

Paula Russo

Instructor in History
Nathan Seidenberg

Nathan Seidenberg

Instructor in History
Emma Wynn

Emma Wynn

Class of 1942 Chair, Head of the Humanities & Social Sciences Department, Instructor in Philosophy and Religion