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History Department trains students to engage in a sustained investigation of
the record of humanity’s existence. Its faculty represent a wide range of
specializations in United States and European history, as well as the history of
societies in Africa, East Asia, Canada, Latin America, and the Middle East.
From this broad perspective, our students are trained to think critically about
how human societies change over time and how people both in the past and in our
own day have tried to make sense of that change. History students acquire
skills in collecting, synthesizing, and evaluating information from diverse
sources, as well as presenting it in support of a coherent interpretation of
the past. The unique combination of content knowledge and skills
represented in the discipline of history allows students to develop a
sophisticated understanding of human nature and human potential.
completion of the History major will equip students to
identify and describe multiple causes and consequences of
political, social, economic, and cultural change over time.
locate, collect, and evaluate evidence from a variety of primary
and secondary sources in print and electronic media.
develop and frame historical arguments in clear and correct prose
within the context of the discipline’s literature.
distinguish the universal from the particular and historically
contingent in human experience.