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发现 empathy across time and space. 

The study of the past has the power to foster the compassion, 谦卑, and moral vision that Branson strives to impart on all of its students. Our diverse history courses challenge students to eng年龄 with the past critically in order to better understand and affect the world we live in today.

Through a sequenced program of integrated skill-building, students are encour年龄d to formulate their own questions about the past, analyze primary and secondary sources, conduct research, and apply analytical thinking in projects and papers that consider a variety of perspectives. And after your first two years of survey courses, you will choose from a rich menu of seminar offerings in specific historical themes, regional areas of study, and relevant issues facing the world today.

You will find the history classroom is an open space for discussion, debate, and collaboration. You will eng年龄 with concepts and controversies while considering a variety of perspectives and developing a better understanding of yourself and empathy for others. Our classes will provide you with the tools to eng年龄 meaningfully in the challenges of the future as members of a global community.

历史 Requirements

9 units (3 years)

All students take Modern World 历史 in the ninth grade, U.S. 历史 in the tenth grade, and select a minimum of two semester-long seminars during the eleventh and twelfth grade.  

Meet Our 历史 教师



历史老师; Varsity Track & Field, Head Coach




历史老师; Branson 暑期班 Director
Whitney Livermore

Whitney Livermore





历史老师, 历史 Department Chair

View the 课程 Guide

Yearlong Courses

  • Modern World 历史

  • United States 历史 Honors

Fall Semester Courses

  • The Constitution and Its Controversies
  • Freedom in the Bay Area
  • Ethics and Justice 
  • 历史 of American Sports
  • 移民 
  • 新闻
  • Principles of Economics (Same course as in the Spring)
  • The Post-Colonial World
  • 苏联 

Spring Semester Courses

  • American Politics
  • 食物:历史
  • 历史 of Hip-Hop
  • 现代东亚
  • Principles of Economics (Same course as in the Fall) †
  • The Power of Public Opinion
  • 美国种族问题
  • 第二次世界大战
  • 世界宗教
  • Modern Latin America

For a complete list of history courses and their descriptions, read the 2021-22 课程 Guide