Department of History
History is a versatile major that is analytical and practical. Graduates of Baldwin Wallace University's history program attend prestigious graduate schools and find lucrative employment in exciting fields. A bachelor's degree in history offers outstanding preparation for graduate and professional school, government service, corporate and nonprofit professions, education and more.
History is a comprehensive, multi-faceted major. It teaches you to understand contemporary events in historical and global contexts and solve problems that require historical perspectives. You'll gain skills in conducting multi-dimensional research and hone proficiencies in written and oral communication.
Hands-on learning is a key. You'll work on real-world projects like historical cemetery documentation, explore local archives for unique independent research, and work alongside archivists and other professionals. BW's proximity to Cleveland puts you within easy access to museums, government agencies, corporations and nonprofit organizations for internships and more.
BW professors bring impressive academic and scholarly credentials to the classroom. Whether you are fascinated with U.S., East Asian, Russian, Middle Eastern history or the entire world, BW faculty can help you explore your interest.
Career in Public History
BW offers Ohio's only undergraduate major in public history. BW is a Partner of the National Council on Public History, an organization that offers career information about this dynamic, growing career field.
Interested in Becoming a Teacher?
If you would like to become a social studies teacher, BW has an outstanding teacher education program.
- Museum curator/historian
- Urban planner
- Librarian or archivist
- Intelligence analyst
- Government official
- Criminologist or law enforcement officer
History is offered as a major and minor. It is also available as a major for non-traditional students.
History can be studied as a single major or as a companion for a double major.
Through the study of history, you will gain an understanding of the past upon which the structure of modern society is built. You'll learn the historical background and present-day application of disciplines that include the arts, music, literature, religion, philosophy, the sciences, social sciences and business.
Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.
Whether it's historic Berea, nearby Metroparks, downtown Cleveland or beyond, BW is within easy access of an array of museums, historical societies, community and professional organizations and more.
Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities.
The Adams Street Cemetery Project is a collaborative research-based community service project offering you integrative, real-world field experiences. You'll work with faculty, professional historians from the Berea Historical Society and City of Berea personnel to rediscover the lost histories of persons buried in the Adams Street Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Berea.
At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.
Recent BW History majors are finding their success at:
Paul Krause '15 accepted to Yale University’s Divinity School, M.A.R., philosophical theology. Paul credits his experiences at BW for helping him build a high quality work ethic, research capabilities, and determination in personal scholastic endeavors. Originally from Parma, Ohio (Valley Forge High School), Paul was a published author as an undergraduate student in two peer-reviewed academic journals.
Dan Clapper '14 is enrolled in the MA program in history at Georgetown University.
Ken Kosovich '14 is enrolled in the MA program in history at the University of Akron.
David Silvernail '13 is starting his MA in the History of Art and Architecture program at Boston University.
Kristen Cicak '12 is teaching social studies at Trinity High School in Garfield Heights, Ohio.
Lauren Nichols '12 is an executive assistant at DuneCraft, Inc.
Courtney Arena '11 is employed by the law firm of Benesch Friedlander Coplan and Aronoff.
Katelynn Carver '11 received an MTS with a focus on religion and the sciences in May 2014 from Harvard Divinity School.
Nicholas Mays '11 is in the Ph.D. program in history at Kent State University and has just accepted a position as a teaching fellow at Kent State.
Sean Forester '11 volunteered in Spain and Portugal through a program called World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) and worked on a farm/bed and breakfast acting as both a laborer and assistant guide for adventure sports such as climbing, trekking, kayaking and surfing. He then took off overland to Western Africa and traveled through Morocco, the Western Sahara, Mauritania and Senegal.
Kevin Radigan '11 is a social studies teacher, head varsity boys track coach and assistant varsity football coach at Midview High School.
Colleen Benoit '09 served as archivist for the Everglades National Park and is now employed by History Associates, the leading historical research firm in the U.S.
Jeremy Feador '08, history and political science, is the team curator for the Cleveland Indians and is also pursuing a master's degree in history from Wright State University. Feador flourished in BW's small-school environment, developing strong relationships with his professors and enjoying an active life on campus as a Yellow Jacket wrestler and serving as a resident assistant. Feador, who is originally from North Olmsted, Ohio, credits his experiences in and out of the classroom as the experience necessary to earn several history internships.
FACULTY AND STAFF
Rachel Boaz, Instructor in History
Ph.D. in History, Kent State University, 2009.
Teaching areas: Modern Europe, Weimar and National Socialist Germany, social/cultural history, history of medicine, ethnic cleansing and genocide.
Book: In Search of "Aryan Blood": Serology in Interwar and National Socialist Germany (Central European University, 2012).
Indira Falk Gesink, Professor of History and Chairperson
Ph.D. in History, Washington University in St. Louis, 2000. Teaching areas: Modern Middle East, history of Islam 600-present, Women in Asia, World Civilizations 1500-present, historiography and historical theory, local history, cemetery restoration.
Recent Awards: Oakley Certificate of Merit, Association for Gravestone Studies, 2010; Ohio Magazine's Excellence in Education Award , 2009; Gigax Faculty Scholarship Award, 2009.
Books: Islamic Reform and Conservatism: Al-Azhar and the Evolution of Modern Sunni Islam (I. B. Tauris, 2009, 2013), Barefoot Millionaire: John Baldwin and the Founding Values of Baldwin Wallace University (Baldwin Wallace, 2013), Philosophies of History (forthcoming, 2015).
Dr. Gesink's current research explores the ways in which Islamic legal and medical texts treat intersexuality-as disease, as a problem of gendered religious praxis, as a third sex.
Timothy Mieyal, Instructor of History
M.A. in History, A.B.D. at Kent State University. Teaching areas: Civil Rights Movement, African-American history, Modern U.S., social and cultural history, Civil War. Recent awards:
Robert Montgomery, Professor of History
Ph.D. in History, Indiana University, 1995. Teaching areas: Russian history, East Asian history, World Civilizations prehistory-1500.
Recent Awards: "Dayton C. Miller "Most Influential Professor," 2009, 2011; Student-Athlete "Making a Difference" Award, 2011.
Book: Late Tsarist and Early Soviet Cultural and Nationality Poilcy: The Buryats and their Language (Edwin Mellen, 2006). Dr. Montgomery is currently working on new research on the native peoples of Siberia.
Kyriakos Nalmpantis, Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D. in History, Kent State University, 2010.
Teaching areas: European history, Latin American revolutions, World Civilizations.
Award: Modern Greek Studies Association's Iatrides Best Dissertation Award, 2011
Dissertation: "Time on the Mountain: The Office of Strategic Services in Axis-Occupied Greece, 1943-1944."
Tamara Rand, Instructor of History
Ph.D. in History, University of Akron, 2013.
Teaching areas: Women in Asian and western civilizations.
Dissertation: ”And If Men Might Also Imitate Her Virtues" An Examination of Goscelin of Saint-Bertin's Hagiographies of The Female Saints of Ely and Their Role in the Creation of Historic Memory.
Steven E. Siry, Professor of History
Ph.D. in History, University of Cincinnati, 1986
Teaching areas: Early American history, history of war, World War I.
Recent Awards: Professor of the Month, Phi Mu Sorority, 2014; Dayton C. Miller "Most Influential Professor," 2015
Books: De Witt Clinton and the American Political Economy: Sectionalism, Politics, and Republican Ideology, 1787-1828 (Peter Lang,1990); Greene: Revolutionary General (Potomac Books, 2006); Liberty's Fallen Generals: Leadership and Sacrifice in the American War of Independence (Potomac Books, 2012).
Dr. Siry's most recent research is on the year 1903 as a landmark year in American history-the nation's transition into the twentieth century. 1903 saw the first transcontinental automobile trip, the first state-wide direct primary law, the founding of the Ford Motor Company, the Iroquois Theater disaster, the Wright Brothers' first successful powered flight, the First World Series, and the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty.
Robert Stinson, Instructor in History
Ph.D. in History, Indiana University, 1971
Teaching areas: Modern U.S. history, historiography.
Books: Lincoln Steffens (Frederick Ungar, 1979); The Long Dying of Baby Andrew (Atlantic-Little, Brown, 1983, w/ Peggy Stinson); The Faces of Clio [historiography] (Nelson-Hall, 1987) Love and Death on Public Radio [novel], 2014.