History and
Social Sciences

The faculty and students within our multidisciplinary department advance the study and practice of history and the social sciences through teaching, research, and outreach. Our research generates knowledge rooted in historical and social scientific approaches to the study of the human condition.

About Us

Politics and Law grad Kaitlin Sidorsky ’10 now a college professor

She says Bryant academics helped her discover a passion for politics, and Bryant mentors prepared her for graduate school.

Departmental newsletters

Zeynep Kazmaz, a History major and research assistant of Prof. Judy Litoff, has been selected for an internship at the Guggenheim Museum and for an Amica Center Summer Internship Fellowship. She will be working with two of the Guggenheim curators in their offices around the Lower East Side and attending a museum seminar every Friday.

Samantha Puckett, Dennis Frank, and Ian Harmon each presented their own original research at the New England Political Science Association Conference in April. Samantha presented “Predictive Analytics in Prison Reform”; Dennis presented “A State with Suffrage Yet Little Representation: Female Representation: in the United States Public Office vs. the Developed World”; and Ian presented “A Corrupt Bargain: Shell and Nigeria."

Evan Bartlett, a 2013 History and PLW double major, was accepted to several prestigious graduate programs and has  officially enrolled at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in the Global Human Development Program. Georgetown has been ranked as the field’s #1 Master's program. Evan has worked for NGOs in Tanzania and India.

We sponsor events and support a variety of clubs, organizations, and national and international honor societies that offer opportunities to expand upon concepts and ideas developed in the classroom. For example:

Recent department-affiliated events

Bryant Mock Trial Association

The Bryant Mock Trial Association (BMTA) is a highly competitive team dedicated to participating in intercollegiate Mock Trial tournaments. Through engaging in trial simulations in competition with teams from other institutions, students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as knowledge of legal practices and procedures. All majors are encouraged to join.

Bryant University Democrats

This organization functions to bring together students who wish to advance the goals and ideas of the Democratic Party through events and activities. These events and activities are designed to benefit and enrich the Bryant community.

Bryant University Republicans

The Bryant Republicans is a grassroots organization that communicates with the campus, community, and each other a message of political awareness. The organization effectively does this by campaigning, holding events, and speakers on campus.

Legal Studies Society

This organization brings together students who are interested in the field of legal studies and involves them in academic and social functions related to aspects of the legal environment. Its mission is to further the study of law at Bryant University by promoting student sponsored events, speakers, workshops, and informational sessions.

Alpha Kappa Delta: International Sociology Honor Society

Alpha Kappa Delta seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition. To be eligible for membership, students must have at least junior-year standing, an overall GPA and a sociology GPA of at least 3.0, be in the top 35 percent of their class, and have completed a minimum of four courses in sociology.

Phi Alpha Theta: National History Honor Society

Phi Alpha Theta promotes the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. to be eligible, students must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours in history and have a GPA of 3.1 or better, an overall minimum GPA of 3.0, and be in the top 35 percent of the graduating class.

Pi Sigma Alpha: National Political Science Honor Society 

Pi Sigma Alpha brings together students and faculty interested in the study of government and politics. There are more than 700 chapters nationally. To be eligible, students must complete 12 credits of political science with a minimum 3.3 GPA in those classes and have an overall 3.3 GPA.