History Department

The History Department assists students in gaining an understanding of the past’s significance to their own lives, as well as to the broader society in which they live. To borrow from the words of a renowned historian, our students study history “not to be more clever next time, but to be wise forever.” 
We challenge our students and foster intellectual curiosity by exposing them to a wide range of thinkers and ideas through both primary and secondary sources.  Students gain intellectual self-confidence through participation in section discussions and debates, and completion of a rigorous writing program.
In all of our courses, we impart these skills to our students: formulating questions, researching information, evaluating evidence and arguments, using evidence to make arguments, and communicating effectively.
All students take a required three-year sequence: Western Civilization in GRADES 9 and 10, and American Civilization or Advanced Placement United States History in GRADE 11. Additionally, we offer electives in both history and the social sciences, the purposes of which are to expose students to specialized or advanced courses of study, to enable students to build upon and refine the skills they have already acquired, and to encourage faculty to generate and teach subjects in their areas of passion and expertise.

History Chair

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History Electives

American Government and Politics (AP)
American Jurisprudence
Economics (AP)
Religion, Ethics and Conflict Resolution
US History (AP)
The Civil War and Reconstruction Era (1846-1887)
Colonialism and Post-Colonialism
Strategy, Diplomacy and War
Coming to America, The Immigrant Experience (1870-1945)
History of American Capitalism
Mao and Modern China
Music History
Understanding Modern Africa

Shaker Heights Campus

20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
GRADES Junior K-8
Phone: 216-321-8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, OH 44022
Phone: 216-831-2200
University School serves 870 boys in Junior Kindergarten to grade 12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The School’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence.