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James Scythes

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702 Wayne Hall
West Chester, PA 19382

Phone: 610-436-2201
Fax: 610-436-3069

Carole Marciano
Departmental Secretary
Office: 702 Wayne Hall
Phone: 610-436-2201
Fax: 610-436-3069

Dr. Robert Kodosky
Departmental Chairperson
Office: 704 Wayne Hall
Phone: 610-436-2288
Fax: 610-436-3069

Dr. Karin Gedge
Social Studies Coordinator
Office: 729 Wayne Hall
Phone: 610-436-2971

Brenda Gaydosh
Acting Graduate Coordinator
Office: 721 Wayne Hall
Phone: 610-436-0734

Jonathan Friedman
Director, Holocaust-Genocide Studies
Office: 723 Wayne Hall
Phone: 610-436-2972


James Scythes

Courses Taught

  • HIS 100: Global History since 1900
  • HIS 101: History of Civilization I
  • HIS 102: History of Civilization II
  • HIS 150: The American Experience
  • HIS 151: History of the United States I
  • HIS 152: History of the United States II

About Me

Professor Scythes earned a B.A. in history at Rowan University and holds a Master of Arts in history from Villanova University. He teaches all of the 100-level History courses and has taught a course on the American Civil War. Professor Scythes also serves as a supervisor of student teachers. His research interests focus on antebellum America, American Civil War, and 19th century military history. Professor Scythes has published a number of encyclopedia articles, and in early 2016 his first book, "This Will Make a Man of Me": The Life and Letters of a Teenage Officer in the Civil War, will be published by Lehigh University Press. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at the Gloucester County Historical Society.

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