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History and Social Sciences

In Canterbury's History Department, you're not just memorizing dates and facts; you're engaging in a dynamic exploration of historical knowledge that sharpens your critical thinking skills and cultivates your compassion as an active world citizen. Your courses provide a core understanding that allows you to interpret the world around you, encouraging you to ask thought-provoking questions, demand well-supported answers, think interpretively, and cultivate an open mind. As you advance, you'll refine your research skills, tailored to your academic level. 

In this interactive learning environment, you'll find your classes enriched by cutting-edge technologies that facilitate creative presentations, class debates, mock trials, and historical simulations—all designed to spark your innovative thinking and foster group collaboration. Your assignments will challenge you to analyze and interpret history, supported by well-researched information. Additionally, whenever relevant, your courses will draw connections to current events in fields like economics, politics, foreign affairs, and environmental issues. This comprehensive approach equips you with the intellectual tools you need to not only understand the past but also engage meaningfully with the present.

To know major events in history, appreciate the principles of historical investigation, and demonstrate skill in rudimentary research, critical thought, acceptance of others’ cultures, good citizenship, and the acquisition of fundamental skills

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Meet the Department

Misi Babington

Misi Babington

Director of Athletic Training; Associate Director of Athletics; History and Social Sciences Teacher
Alec Braley

Alec Braley

History and Social Sciences Teacher, Boys' JV Soccer Head Coach, Boys' 3rds Basketball Head Coach
Meghan Burke

Meghan Burke

History and Social Sciences Teacher, Varsity Field Hockey Coach, Track & Field Assistant Coach
Thomas Hamilton

Thomas Hamilton

Assistant Dean of Faculty, Boys' Varsity Lacrosse Assistant Coach
Stephen Hewston

Stephen Hewston

History and Social Sciences Teacher; Theology Teacher
Pádraig Lawlor

Pádraig Lawlor

History and Social Sciences Department Chair
Padraic McCarthy

Padraic McCarthy

Associate Director of Athletics; History and Social Sciences Teacher, Boys' Varsity Hockey Head Coach
Isabel Polletta

Isabel Polletta

History Teacher, Donovan Center for Learning, Varsity Crew Assistant Coach
Edward Smith

Edward Smith

History Teacher, Boys' JV Squash Coach