The Stewart Academy history curriculum offers an historical perspective on the contemporary world and trains students in the skills of critical reading, writing, and analysis. Class discussions around the Harkness table focus on historical issues that challenge every student to think independently and to articulate ideas with clarity, consistency, and supportive evidence. Students may sample different areas or take courses in sequences that emphasize key themes and developments of both the Eastern and Western traditions.

Introductory courses emphasize fundamental skills in the study of history and the social sciences: gathering and interpreting evidence, analyzing concepts, and generalizing and synthesizing in frequent written exercises. History classes are composed of student-centered discussions, close reading of primary sources, analytical writing, and independent research. These skills provide a solid foundation for successful study of history in college and in life.


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