Office Hours

  • T-Th 11:00 -12:00, F 12:00 - 1:00
  • and by appointment



James Williams

Associate Professor of


Sturges Hall 303
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

James Williams has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1983.

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D., Yale University

Research Interests

  • Greek and Roman History
  • Military History
Fall 2015 Classes

HIST 206:
Ancient Greek Civilization

    A study of the institutions, literature, art, and philosophy of ancient Greece. Topics include the nature and development of the polis, the Greek mind, and the spread of Greek civilization. Extensive
    use of primary material. Not offered on a regular basis
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HIST 220:
Int-His:History-Archaic Greece

    Students in HIST 220 will get an intensive introduction to the practice and study of history in a seminar setting. Students will read and discuss many works of scholarship which take different approac
    hes to the same set of historical issues and/or events. Through detailed and sustained class discussion and individual analysis of several historical works dealing with the same general field, students will gain better analytic skills and an understanding of the variety of historical interpretations possible for a given topic. Prerequisites: 9 hours of college-level history credit, at least 3 hours of which must be at Geneseo; or junior standing. Multiple sections offered every fall & spring semester
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HUMN 220:
H/Western Humanities I

    A search for moral, social, and political alternatives and meaning embodied in the institutions, culture, and literature of Western Civilization from the beginnings to 1600. The course is factual as w
    ell as conceptual, including a narrative history of the period covered.
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