The history curriculum reflects Quaker values by focusing on issues that transcend national barriers, such as the causes and consequences of poverty, racism, sexism, intolerance, and conflict. Students are encouraged to develop empathy for people of all nations, racial groups, religions, and economic strata. All history courses place heavy emphasis on developing strong reading, interpretive, and analytical skills. Academic research and writing are cornerstones of the departmental philosophy. Students regularly engage in respectful civil discourse fostering global citizenship.