History and
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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.


Her path to a career in the arts includes Guggenheim internship

Zeynep Kazmaz ’18
Major: History Minors: Spanish, Human Resource Management
Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
Path: A career in the arts

Zeynep KazmazHistory major Zeynep Kazmaz ’18, an Honors Program member from Istanbul, Turkey, spent the summer in New York City interning at the celebrated Guggenheim Museum. As a member of the Curatorial Department, she focused on the UBS Map Global Art Initiative, a project that brings regional exhibitions to the museum, assisting with those highlighting South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and, most recently, the Middle East and North Africa. She also conducted research and prepared documents for each exhibition.

“I like the feeling that I’m not limiting myself to a single area of study.”

Kazmaz competed for the internship against art history majors from larger schools, but her passion for The Guggenheim – and the study of history – came through in her application letter, she believes. Since 2015, she has served as a research assistant to Bryant Professor Judy Barrett Litoff, Ph.D., a world-renowned historian and author of 14 books; during summers in Istanbul, she interned at Koc University Press, the SALT Institution Museum, and Inkilap Publishing House.

When Zeynep chose to attend Bryant, she had difficulty deciding what she wanted to study because she wanted to learn about everything. “Studying history encompasses everything – from the literature of an era to the math,” she says. “I like the feeling that I’m not limiting myself to a single area of study.”

Zeynep also appreciates the advantages to studying at Bryant. “With small class sizes, History majors have more opportunities to take advantage of,” she says. “All the faculty keep you in mind and let you know when these arise. Plus, if you ask for help, there is not one who isn’t willing to give it to you.”