World of Past and Present

The World of Past and Present is a Living-Learning Community that brings together freshman History majors and other interested students who are passionate about studying the past and its relevance for today's world. Its goal is to build an ongoing community of learners, to acquaint students with the interests of faculty members, and to help build skills and resources to succeed in the History major.

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As a member of the World of Past and Present, you will live with other incoming freshmen who share your interest in history. This means you can study together, attend social and co-curricular programming together, and have a supportive network of peers right from the start. Friendships form quickly in L-LCs!


The World of Past and Present will take some courses together in the fall and spring semesters of freshman year and attend history themed events together.

Fall 2016 L-LC Courses
Freshman Seminar: World of Past and Present
History 158: The World in the 20th Century

Spring 2017 L-LC Courses
Your spring L-LC courses, which you will take together as a community, will be finalized mid-fall. Seats will be reserved for you in each designated L-LC course.

Examples of co-curricular events:

  • Field trips to local historic sites
  • Museum visits
  • Guest speaker series
  • Career panels
  • Community service
  • Social gatherings with your L-LC friends


As a member of an L-LC you will have a built in community of friends and colleagues right from the start!

Friends: Study and socialize with fellow L-LC members. Tackle those first-year courses with your friends by forming study groups where you live!

World Ambassadors: "Learn the ropes" from peers selected from last year’s most engaged L-LC students. If you remain and active member in your L-LC your freshman year, you may become a World Ambassador your sophomore year!

Community Assistant: Meet weekly with an upper-class/graduate student to plan or attend social, academic, and community service events.

Lead Faculty Member: Get to know a member of the faculty outside of the classroom at weekly lunches in your own dining hall!
World of Past and Present Lead Faculty: Professor Brian Keough
Weekly L-LC Lunch: Tuesdays 11:45 am - 12:40 pm

Academic Advisor: Nicole Clause

World Representatives: Leadership opportunities abound in the L-LCs! Earn a spot as a World Representative by being a leader in your L-LC! World Representatives are elected by the L-LC in October to represent the group at meetings throughout the academic year.

Eligibility: The World of Past and Present is ideal for intended history majors but is open to all
majors. This L-LC may also be of interest to history minors, and students studying political science, anthropology, and sociology.