Academic Program


About the Program

Archer’s history department encourages students to understand human history through walking in the footsteps of others. History is, nevertheless, a construct that changes depending on the questions we ask and the sources we use to answer them. Thus, we train our students to evaluate sources, think critically, recognize bias, and utilize multiple perspectives in evaluating their own and other cultures. Students are taught to found their ideas on careful analysis of oral, textual, and material evidence and to be aware of the flaws and gaps in the information we use. After conducting careful research, young historians are expected to organize their data, reflect, test their opinions, and write convincingly in support of their conclusions.
While committed to teaching rigorous academic skills, our teachers believe in hands-on history. Archer students do not just read and write about their own and other cultures, but also engage in role-playing and reenactments, hold trials, participate in archaeological excavations, create art, design museum displays, and question visiting experts. In designing our projects and assignments, we integrate our work with that of other departments, especially English, to teach our students skills across the curriculum.

Humanities at Archer

Willow S. '22

"I love that we are taught to look at everything from different perspectives than our own in the humanities. It helps me to better understand things that are happening in the world."

Department Chair

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    Bethany Neubauer 

    History Department Chair

Course Offerings

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  • History 6: Young Historians in the Ancient World

  • History 7: All Systems Go

  • History 8: The Road to Right Now

  • History 9: Understanding the Contemporary World

  • History 10: Questioning the West

  • U.S. History

  • History Senior Seminar

    • Elections
    • Economics
    • The Pursuit of Happiness
    • Gender Studies
    • Ethics and Social Justice
The Archer School for Girls admits students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status in its hiring or in the administration of its educational policies and programs, admissions policies, financial aid programs or other school-administered programs. 

The Archer School for Girls’ mission is to educate students in an environment specifically designed for girls. As such, the school will consider any candidate for admission who identifies as a girl. Once admitted to Archer, all students in good academic standing who abide by Archer’s code of conduct and who meet requirements for graduation will be eligible to receive an Archer diploma, regardless of any change in sexual identity or other legally protected status.