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
My Classes

HIST 207:
Ancient Roman Civilization

    A study of the institutions, literature, religions, art, and philosophy of ancient Rome. Topics include the rise, development, and collapse of the Republic; the winning and governing of an empire; the Hellenization of Rome; the beginning of Christianity; the Pax Romana; the barbarians; the fall of the Empire. Not offered on a regular basis

HIST 220:
Interpretations in History:

    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 approaches 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

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 well as conceptual, including a narrative history of the period covered.