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Our Students

When you're a history major at Pacific, you'll notice that we do things a little differently here. 

It starts when our students take the Chair's Seminar their freshman year, a required class for all history majors. The community they build in those early days flourishes the following year, when all sophomore majors are required to take Historical Imagination, and that community continues to thrive as they work together in smaller, upper-division courses.

Students also participate in class field trips such as to the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum with Professor Gesine Gerhard and to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco with Professor Greg Rohlf. And of course, the class on John Muir and the Conservation Movement always makes its popular field trip to Yosemite with Professor Bill Swagerty.

And sometimes, our students just have to get out from behind their desks and make history come alive for themselves.

The Civil War class studied 
this lithograph of Senator 
Charles Sumner being beaten...
...and then the students 
decided to do a tableau of 
the lithograph.

Explore this section to learn more about our student's activities inside and outside the classroom.