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.

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Departmental newsletters

Two Bryant students at Rhode Island State HouseAs a result of their RED18 research presentation, "Identity Conflict: The Rohingya Genocide," Jacquelyn Amaral '20 and Keerthana Balakrishnan '20 were invited by the R.I. Department of Education's Holocaust and Genocide Education Committee to be involved in its efforts to create curriculum and promote the teaching of the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights issues. The invitation came from Esther Kalajian, a member of the committee. She had seen the students' presentation at Research and Engagement Day in April and was impressed. On May 10, the students, along with faculty advisor Nicole Freiner, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science and Global Studies, were invited to the Rhode Island State House to witness the passing of the Holocaust and Genocide Education Bill, the first law of its kind in the U.S.

Pre-law attendees of annual RI Diversity Symposium Lecturer in Legal Studies Ilisabeth Bornstein, who also serves as the pre-law advisor, accompanied a group of Bryant students to the 15th Annual Rhode Island Diversity Symposium, which features discussion focusing on issues of diversity and the law. There, Morgan Almeida '21, Krystal Feliciano '19, Amar Elder '18 and Residence Life Area Director Esther Thomas, M.A., learned about the legal profession and met with judges, lawyers and law students, including Islindy Merius '13, currently enrolled at Roger Williams University Law School. (Pictured, from left: Feliciano, Bornstein, Thomas, Elder and Almeida.)

The Utica College Center of Public Affairs and Election Research published Associate Prof. Richard Holtzman 's essay,  "Understanding Trump's Improvisational Presidency." The essay is based on a paper that Professor Holtzman recently presented.


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

  • "Can He Do That? Exploring the Legal Issues Facing President Trump's Travel Ban," a campus discussion with Bryant University Legal Studies Lecturer Colten Hall
  • Guest speaker offers first-hand account of what is happening at the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota
  • Panel discussion: "Current Topics in European Security"
  • The Road to the Election 2016
  • New England Regional World History Association symposium   "Genocide in World History"
  • Providence Latin American Film Festival
  • "Public School Prayers and the Supreme Court: A Constitution Day Discussion"
  • Fifth annual Ethics Event "Getting the Government We Deserve"
  • Co-sponsor of "Conversations on China" workshop at Roger Williams University
  • The Mock Trial team placed second at the University of Rochester's sixth annual YellowJacket Invitational

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.

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.