The Department of History introduces students to the richness and complexity of the
human experience through a curriculum that covers all major geographic areas and time
periods, and emphasizes both the unity of that experience and the diversity resulting
from such factors as cultural, social, and gender differences. We seek to develop
not only knowledge of the past, but also an appreciation of history as an intellectual
discipline that employs a wide variety of scholarly methodologies in its effort to
understand that past.
Students are taught to think and work as historians: to read critically and analytically
both primary and secondary sources, to appreciate the complexity of historical issues
and multiplicity of historical views, and to investigate a historical question or
problem and communicate the results of that investigation. Through this broad preparation,
history majors acquire essential knowledge and critical skills, which provide valuable
assets for a wide spectrum of professions and occupations as well as the fundamental
basis for advanced study.