Thomas Williams

Class Year

’13

Hometown

Berwyn, Ill.

Major(s)

History

A longtime lover of history, Thomas Williams ’13 knew that he wanted a college with academic rigor, and a place where professors would know him by name. He found Carthage.

As Thomas notes, the History Departmentat Carthage pushes students to develop academically and prepares them for life after college. “You learn skills in reading, writing, critical thinking and analysis, discussion, and organization, which are transferable to any field,” he said. 

A memorable experience for Thomas happened during a J-Term class, when he took the course Russian Cinema. “It showed me a world of cinema completely foreign, and I loved every movie.”

After graduation, Thomas would like to attend graduate school. “Carthage has prepared me for the vigor of graduate school because of the level of work professors expect out of you,” he said. He would one day like to teach cultural history through film at a collegiate level.

“The History Department not only pushes you to develop intellectually, but also prepares you for the real world.”

Thomas Williams, ’13

Career goal

“I’d hope to one day teach cultural history through film at a collegiate level.”

Favorite class

“I’d have to say my favorite class is one I have not taken yet, but will be in the Spring Term. It is an independent study on the impact and history of early French cinema. I’m a sucker for the early period of cinema and cinema in general, and I am really excited to be able to study it more fully.”

Campus involvement

“As a Zen Buddhist I am involved in the Meditation Club. In addition I am the president of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honors fraternity.”

Toughest class

“I’d have to say my toughest class so far had to be Historical Methods with Dr. Eric Pullin. The class was my first taste in what it actually took to be a historian and how to write for history. I took from it the lessons of not only knowing how to write a history paper, but how to actually study history. The lessons I took from Historical Methods made Historiography and Senior Seminar much easier.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I have a sub-passion for the history of espionage, so when Dr. Christopher Moran spoke at Carthage on James Bond I was pretty excited, in a totally historical nerd way.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot has to be on the little hill slope by the Madrigano Hall volleyball courts.” 

Biggest surprise so far

“The openness of professors to treat me as a fellow academic and not solely see me as an undergraduate student.”  

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Don’t give up on it. If you love history and have a passion for it, keep at it. There are jobs out there you will get. Don’t let that take history away from you.”