Students work with faculty advisors to devise self-designed majors. Coursework in the major builds upon students’ experiences in the general education curriculum while providing students with pathways to deepen their knowledge or further develop their passion in a particular area of study.
Studying history at Antioch College
After earning a BA in History at Antioch College, Eric Rhodes ’16 completed an MA in History at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He secured a lectureship at Université d’Angers in American Studies and was admitted to the graduate program at Sorbonne Université.
The study of history provides students with an understanding of the major events, forces, and principals of the past in order to gain an understanding of how societies and cultures change over time. Students of history learn to use a variety of sources, including historical texts, visual documents, and oral histories, to develop accounts of past events. They explore the complex ways in which the past influences the present, as well as how the past persists into the future. Students cultivate such vital skills as writing, research, data collection and analysis, critical thinking, questioning, and the organization and presentation of complex materials.
History Courses at Antioch
- HIST 105 The World Beyond: Cultural Imagination, Exchanges, and History
- HIST 110 Ohio Stories
- HIST 210 African American History, from the Colonial Period to the Present
- HIST 220 U.S. History I, Colonial – 1877
- HIST 221 U.S. History II, 1877 – Present
- HIST 225 World History I, to 1500
- HIST 226 World History II, 1500 – Present
- HIST 231 Latin American History, the Colonial Period – Present
- HIST 233 U.S. Women’s History
- HIST 234 Native American History
- HIST 235 Asian American History
- HIST 240 Gender Expression and Sexual Orientation: A Global History
- HIST 250 The Construction of Race and Ethnicity in North America
- HIST 330 The History of a City
- HIST 331 History of the American City
- HIST 334 The History of a Person
- HIST 335 The History of an Institution
- HIST 370 Special Topics/U.S. History
- HIST 470 Special Topics/Practice of History
Cooperative Education Field Placements
In the past, students have participated in Co-ops around the country and abroad. Here are a few examples:
- Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass.
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.,
- The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
- Peace Resource Center of Wilmington College
- Digital Archives, Oral History in the Liberal Arts
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Kevin McGruder’s interest in community formation led to a career in community development, and now as an academic, to research interests that include African American institutions, urban history, and gay and lesbian history. He has a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. in Real Estate Finance from Columbia University. Before pursuing doctoral studies at City University of New York, McGruder worked for many years in the field of nonprofit community development. Positions included Program Director at Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Director of Real Estate Development with the Abyssinian Development Corporation, and Executive Director of Gay Men of African Descent (in New York City).
McGruder’s interest in Harlem’s history led to two entrepreneurial ventures. From 1990 to 1991 he was owner/manager of Home to Harlem gift shop, and from 2000 to 2008 he was co-owner of Harlemade Style Shop, a store providing Harlem-themed tee shirts, books and other items celebrating Harlem.
During the 2011-2012 academic year McGruder was a Scholar in Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, of the New York Public Library, where he conducted additional research and revised his doctoral dissertation for publication as a book. The result is Race and Real Estate: Conflict and Cooperation in Harlem, 1890-1920 (Columbia University Press, June 2015).
- Ph.D., History, City University of New York, Graduate Center
- M.B.A., Real Estate Finance, Columbia University
- B.A., Economics, Harvard University
- CLCN 210: Community Engagement
- HIST 210: African American History from the Colonial Period to the Present
- HIST 331: The History of the American City
- The Emancipation Proclamation: Forever Free (Urban Ministries, Inc., 2013).
- Witness: Two Hundred Years of African-American Faith and Practice in the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem (W.B. Eerdmans, 2013)
- Race and Real Estate: Conflict and Cooperation in Harlem, 1890-1920 (Columbia University Press, 2015)
- “A Fair and Open Field: The Responses of Black New Yorkers to the New York City Draft Riots”, Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, July, 2013
- “Pathologizing Sexuality: The U.S. Experience,” in Black Sexualities: Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies, edited by Sandra L. Barnes and Juan Battle, Rutgers University Press, 2010
- “Black Sexuality in the U.S.: Presentations as Non-normative,” Journal of African American Studies, Vol. 13, No. 3 (2009)
- “To Be Heard in Print: Black Gay Writers in 1980s New York,” Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora, Spring/Summer 2005, Volume 6, Number 1 (North Carolina State University)
- “Jane Ryder Fisher” The Black Scholar, Spring/Summer 1993
Rahul Nair is an Assistant Professor of World History at Antioch College. Previously he has served as an Assistant Professor at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia (2012-13) and at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado (2005-12). He received his doctoral degree in History with a specialization on South Asia, from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006, after graduating with an M.A. in Modern Indian History from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. His areas of specialization include South Asia, imperialism, and world history. He is currently working on a book titled, The Rise and Decline of India’s Population Problem in the Twentieth Century. He is fluent in Malayalam, French, Bengali, and Hindi.
- Ph.D., History, University of Pennsylvania, 2006
- M.A., History, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, 1998
- M.A., Economics, University of Delhi in Delhi, India, 1996
- B.A., Economics, University of Kerala, 1993
- HIST 105: The World Beyond: Cultural Imagination, Exchanges and History In this foundation-level course, students will study how people in various parts of the world imagined what was beyond their everyday experiences, particularly across the oceans, and how these imaginings often motivated them to venture out to make contact with these other worlds for purposes of trade, resettlement, and conquest. The course will use early texts of various cultures, travelogues, diaries, ship captains’ accounts, newspaper articles, and other sources to reveal the voices of the participants in historical events.
- HIST 226: World History II, from 1500 CE to present This course provides students with an understanding of the changes experienced by peoples in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas as the interaction between these peoples increased as a result of exploration, trade, and conquest. Topics to be covered will include the global impact of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, the establishment of colonies by European nations, the growth and expansion of militarism, the development of foreign policies to manage the interaction between nations, the decolonization movement, and the growth of the global economy.
- HIST 334: The History of a Person: Gandhi Gandhi’s iconic status both in India and abroad owes much to his leadership role in the struggle for Indian independence from British rule. His own life was roughly coterminus with the Indian national movement, which in 1947 resulted in the creation of two nations, India and Pakistan. Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence, political morality, and critique of western modernity were developed in the context of and are inextricably linked to the history of the Indian nationalist movement. In the first part of this course we look at the origins and trace the development of an Indian national movement that was already half a century old when Gandhi came onto the scene. We then examine how under Gandhi’s leadership the nationalist movement becomes a mass movement that culminated in both the tragedy of partition and the triumph of independence.
- Book Manuscript: The Rise and Decline of India’s Population Problem in the Twentieth Century (under contract with Routledge)
- “The Planning of Birth in the Birth of Planning: Medicalized Birth Control as Population Control in India, 1919-1952,” under review in South Asian History and Culture.
- The Population Problem in Inter-war India and China, Panel Organizer, 2017 American Historical Association Conference, Denver, 5-8 January 2017.
- The Planning of Birth and the Birth of Planning: Medicalized Birth Control as Population Control in India, 1919-1952, 2017 American Historical Association Conference, Denver, 6 January 2017.
- The Pitfalls and Potential of Teaching Gandhi to American Undergraduates, Presenter, Roundtable on Teaching South Asia in the U.S. and the Midwest: Strategies, Challenges Possibilities. 2016,Ohio Academy of History Annual Meeting and Conference, 1-2 April 2016.
- Sex and the Nation: A Tale of Two American Visitors to India, 2013, International Conference on South Asian Studies, Leiden, 6-7 December 2013.
- “The Construction of a ‘Population Problem’ in Colonial India 1919-1947,” in Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History (2011), 39:2, 227-47.
Vice President for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor of History Dr. Kevin McGruder was featured in the PBS NewsHour documentary, "Trump’s path to the presidency — and the remaking of the Republican Party," by journalists Yamiche Alcindor and...
Brooke Blackmon Bryan, chair of the writing program and assistant professor of writing and digital literacy, was interviewed for a Rewire article, “Why Analog Hobbies Make Us Feel Human.”