The History of the English Language

Meet the Faculty

Charles Hedrick

Hedrick grew up Los Angeles. After study in Cairo, Egypt and Athens, Greece, he took his BA in Classics at Pitzer College in 1978. After further study in Athens, he took his PhD in Classics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984. He has taught at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, University at Buffalo, Stanford, Princeton and Oberlin College. Since 1990 he has taught at UC Santa Cruz, where he is currently Professor in the History Department. He is author of reviews, articles, chapters and books. His principal publications include:- The Decrees of the Demotionidai (Scholars' Press, now Oxford UP, 1990); History and Silence: Purge and Rehabilitation of Memory in Late Antiquity (U Texas Press, 2000) and Ancient History: Monuments and Documents (Blackwell, 2006). He is also joint editor of Demokratia: a Conversation on Democracies, Ancient and Modern (Princeton 1996) and of the exhibition catalog, The Birth of Democracy: an Exhibition (Athens 1993).

Created by Charles Hedrick

The History of the English Language

HIS 59
Spring Quarter 2018
UC Santa Cruz, HIS 59
5 quarter units / 3.33 semester units

Students acquire an understanding of the history of the development of the English language, from its origins to present, and engage critically with the quantitative evidence for that history, using accessible online databases and digital texts.

Important dates: 

Registration opens: Feb 28, 2019
Registration ends: Mar 31, 2019
First day of instruction: Apr 1, 2019
Last day of instruction: Jun 8, 2019


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Charles Hedrick