How can a history major possibly understand world history, if they do not have a basis in any American history? It then comes as no surprise that it is impossible for them to understand how and why America became America, or understand the importance of the Constitution; or understand how the country was willing to sacrifice so many lives to right the wrong of slavery & strive to live up to its founding ideals.
Klingenstein decided to check out Mills' commitment to diverse perspectives by commissioning the National Association of Scholars to examine Bowdoin's intellectual diversity, rigorous academics and civic identity. Its report -- "What Does Bowdoin Teach?" -- isn't pretty. T
here are "no curricular requirements that center on the American founding or the history of the nation." Even history majors aren't required to take a single course in American history. In the history department, no course is devoted to American political, military, diplomatic or intellectual history; the only ones available are organized around some aspect of race, class, gender or sexuality.