History, Philosophy & Social Sciences
The Department of History, Philosophy & Social Sciences (HPSS) employs the principles of experiential learning in guiding students in the development of those skills necessary to achieve success in graduate school or their chosen career. Those skills, fostered in our department’s degree offerings, include the ability to analyze relevant sources and data, draw original conclusions, and effectively present research.
The faculty and students of HPSS share a core set of values that unite us in singular purpose, despite our varied disciplines and backgrounds.
The first of these core values is Scholarship. Scholarship entails our shared commitment to the values of academic freedom, responsibility, integrity, and professional ethics—values that we strive to pass on to our students.
Our second core value is Citizenship. This value reflects our understanding of the importance of public higher education and the social sciences to promote the attitudes and competencies needed for citizens to engage in the democratic public sphere under the conditions of global diversity in the 21st century.
The third core value of the Department is Experiential Education. This value includes our commitment to include the best practices of pedagogy into our teaching, embracing the innovative opportunities offered by Experience One and setting the highest standards for the work of our students.
Erin Zavitz, Ph.D.As the newest faculty member to join the department, I bring new courses on the history of Latin America, the Caribbean, piracy, and slavery. Originally from Albuquerque, NM, I am happy to be back in the mountain west after seven years in Florida.
Bill Janus, Ph.D.My love of history and the world began thanks to my parents, immigrants from Poland who came to the United States after World War II. An appreciation of the many different experiences, realities, memories, and identities that shape history is what I try to convey to my students.
John Hajduk, Ph.D.My passion for history grew out of my immersion in the popular culture of my youth. Watching John Wayne movies and TV shows like "Daniel Boone" made me want to know more about my country's incredible past, leading to a pursuit for understanding that continues to the present day.
What History, Philosophy & Social Sciences Students Have to Say.
“It’s really nice having concentrated time with the professors. The Experience One program is preparing me for graduate school.”
“The program has exposed me to the ideas and backgrounds of different cultures.”
“The instructors help you with preparing for the next steps in your education and career.”
“The faculty are really supportive and help to guide you in exploring your personal interests.”