The History Department at Adrian College gives students tools not only for analyzing the past, but also for understanding the developments and challenges of the present and future.

By exploring diverse regions of the world, developing their abilities to think critically, and challenging themselves to develop logical arguments supported by material evidence, students gain an understanding of history that prepares them for post-graduate education and gives them the research and critical thinking skills for work in any field.

History Department classes are interactive, through frequent discussions, and employ group projects, simulations. In addition, the History Department professors at Adrian College help students become better communicators by teaching students how to write and speak more effectively. The faculty prepares students for diverse careers requiring skills in research, communication and analysis in professional fields such as teaching, law, business, journalism, museum studies and information management.

Our students have the opportunity to publish their work on our departmental blog, The History of Now.

Each year the History Department faculty selects one or more students majoring in history to receive the Marilyn Munsell McNitt Research and Professional Development Grant, which supports research or attendance at a professional conference. Recipients have used the grant to purchase historical resources unavailable on our campus and to defray the cost of research trips to Detroit, Massachusetts, England, and Ireland. Award winners present their research during Adrian College’s annual Ribbons of Excellence Day conference.

This award was established in 2014 by the McNitt family to honor the memory of Marilyn Munsell McNitt, ‘73. Marilyn was an outstanding history student at Adrian College and a loyal alumna. Her husband, Bill, and daughters, Sarah and Rebecca, share her love of history and decided that assisting history students at Marilyn’s alma mater was an appropriate way to commemorate her life. Read more about Marilyn and the award here.

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