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History

The study of history increases our capacity to think critically and to form independent judgments. Examination of various ages and cultures helps students understand the present world and intelligently anticipate the future.

The History program at Roger Williams University is designed to introduce students to the practice of history in both regional and national contexts. Among the courses are offerings on the histories of Europe (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Revolution, Modern), the United States (Colonial, Revolution, Civil War, Gilded Age, Great Depression), Asia (Modern East Asia, China, Japan, Korea), Africa (Modern Africa, South Africa, Egypt, Congo) and Latin America (Colonial Latin America, Mexico, Brazil, Andes).

History majors are encouraged to involve themselves in off-campus programs of study and internships, particularly the Great Cities Program, which gives students the opportunity to experience directly and to enjoy the history and culture of some of the great cities of the world such as London, Paris, Dublin, Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, Chicago and Quebec City.

The study of history is an excellent preparation for careers in law, business, government, education, library science and the national park service or as an archivist or local historian. Our History majors teach and practice law, co-author papers and present at international conferences and create independent research projects.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Use and interpret a variety of sources, including:
    a. primary documents
    b. secondary monographs and scholarly articles
    c. maps, graphs, and charts
    d. visual media, including photographs, film, and video recordings
    e. cultural artifacts
  2. Think abstractly and theoretically about history, such as
    a. understanding the difference between “history” as a disciplinary activity and “the past” as a collection of events
    b. recognizing evolution and change as central to historical studies
    c. recognizing that there are competing theories of history
    d. accepting the possible validity of multiple points of view
  3. Undertake historical research, including:
    a. defining a topic appropriate to the nature of the assignment
    b. locating appropriate resources
    c. assessing the value of information
    d. placing collected information in an appropriate context
    e. extracting ideas from resources objectively and fairly
  4. Present and defend interpretations in a variety of ways, including:
    a. demonstrating respect for their own ideas through the quality of the work they present
    b. writing coherent essays of various lengths
    c. documenting work appropriately and consistently
    d. speaking with clarity about their work in formal and/or informal venues
  5. Demonstrate historical literacy for a specific historic period, including:
    a. constructing valid chronologies for events or movements
    b. using causation and casual chains to explain events
    c. recognizing significant events and personalities
    d. incorporating the concerns of marginalized and minority groups
Jeffrey L. Meriwether, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
B.A., M.A. Western Washington University, Ph.D. University of Exeter-Exeter, United Kingdom
Contact Information
x3780
GHH 219
Areas of Expertise: 
Military History, Military Masculinities, Imperialism, Modern Africa, Modern Europe

Jeffrey L. Meriwether

Jeffrey L.
Meriwether
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
B.A., M.A. Western Washington University, Ph.D. University of Exeter-Exeter, United Kingdom
Contact Information
x3780
GHH 219
Areas of Expertise: 
Military History, Military Masculinities, Imperialism, Modern Africa, Modern Europe
Sargon Donabed, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
B.A. Stonehill College, M.A., Ph.D. University of Toronto
Contact Information
x5380
GHH 216
Areas of Expertise: 
Assyrian History; History of the Modern Middle East; Minorities in the Middle East; and Religion in America

Sargon Donabed

Sargon
Donabed
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
B.A. Stonehill College, M.A., Ph.D. University of Toronto
Contact Information
x5380
GHH 216
Areas of Expertise: 
Assyrian History; History of the Modern Middle East; Minorities in the Middle East; and Religion in America

Sargon George Donabed is Assistant Professor of History at Roger Williams University where he teaches Middle Eastern history and religious studies. Dr. Donabed completed his PhD at the department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto in 2010. He serves on the advisory board of the journal Chronos, published by the University of Balamand in Lebanon as well as the Institute for Genocide Awareness and Applied Research (IGAAR) and the Modern Assyrian Research Archive (MARA). He is the co-organizer of the biannual Roger Williams University Conference on Religion and the State. He is a 2010 The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII) fellow based on the project Documenting the Oral Folk Epic of Qatine Gabbara: Translation, Historical and Cultural Analysis, and Transmission. Donabed is also co-editor of Religion and the State:Europe and North America in the 17th and 18th centuries (Lexington Books, 2012) and also co-editor and contributor to The Assyrian Heritage: Threads of Continuity and Influence (Uppsala University, 2012).