2019-2020 Catalog


History seeks to investigate the foundations of our contemporary world, with the understanding that modern problems and phenomena are the legacies of the past. The study of communities, cultures, societies, and civilizations demonstrate how change unfolds in different contexts, providing perspective to students interested in creatively changing the modern world.

The History curriculum at Marymount offers a unique approach to this study, whereby students combine coursework in historical methodology—building skills in critical thinking, research, writing and argumentation—with a selection of paired courses from across the college, allowing students to customize their research focus. United by this common method, the possibilities abound—where one student might investigate gender in Medieval Europe, another may build courses around film history and African American culture, and a third might specialize in urban or consumer history. Supported by core faculty in History and historical experts at MMC, students are further encouraged to leverage the astounding historical and cultural resources of New York as they build their program and prepare for careers that solve contemporary problems—be that in non-profit and government agencies, the arts and philanthropy, business or through graduate work in the field of their choosing.

Division: Humanities and Social Sciences
Division Office: The Faculty Center 301
Phone: 646-393-4111
Division Chair: Bradley Herling, Ph.D.
Administrative Assistant: Alexandra Dill

Program Faculty:

Yu-Yin Cheng

Professor of History and International Studies

B.A., National Taiwan Normal University

M.A. & Ph.D., University of California, Davis

The Faculty Center 501

Phone: 646-393-4140


Lauren Erin Brown

Assosciate Professor of History

B.A., Smith College

M.A. & Ph.D., Harvard University

The Faculty Center 400

Phone: 646-393-4141


Marjorie Madigan

Professor Emerita of History

B.A., Marymount College

M.A., University of Rochester

History Courses (HIST)