The History department at Linden Hall encourages each student to develop her critical thinking skills while expanding her knowledge of the world.

History courses develop students’ ability to interpret data, think and write clearly, make comparisons, draw conclusions, present and defend material, conduct research, and read actively. They examine western, world, United States, local, modern, and ancient history as well as related fields in the humanities and social sciences. Throughout the history curriculum, students analyze primary and secondary sources, participate in class discussion, perform independent and guided research, and engage in analytical writing.


  • Global Studies (6th grade)
  • Women in History (7th grade)
  • Civics (8th grade)
  • World History (Grades 9 and 10)
  • Honors Humanities History (9th grade, taken concurrently with Honors Humanities English)
  • AP World History
  • ESL History
  • United States History
  • Honors and AP United States History

Upper School students are required to take three years of history; they are recommended to complete four full years. Upper level elective courses are open to 11th and 12th grade students who have successfully completed the United States history graduation requirement. Offerings differ from year to year and depend upon teacher availability, student interest, and departmental needs. Courses recently offered include:

  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Microeconomics
  • AP European History
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Psychology

Honors and AP Information

Beginning in grade 9, students who earn a B+ or better in the preceding year's Honors or AP class, or an A- or better in their core courses, are eligible to take Honors and AP courses. Students are also required to secure a teacher recommendation and department chair approval. Selection in any given year is not dependent upon honors selection in any previous year.


The annual Humanities Salon is the culmination of Honors Humanities and is held to wrap up the Year Long Research project that is the core assignment in the course. Students construct costumes and present their research projects as historical figures. The 2016 Salon was in the held in the style of an Anglo-Saxon/Viking meade- hall in keeping with the first text studied and class obsession- Beowulf.

In the 9th grade, girls may enroll in Honors Humanities History, an interdisciplinary course taken concurrently with Honors Humanities English. Providing students with a thought-provoking study of cultures and events that helped to shape early modern culture, the course examines history as it is related to literature and art and the multiple factors - political, economic, social, religious, intellectual, and social - that have shaped history.