Undergraduate Program Overview
Majoring in History
History is the study of the past. In examining the past we learn about how the world we live in today emerged. At the same time, we also sharpen a number of critical skills.
Historians study complex historical processes and developments. They learn to deal with ambiguity and conflicting points of view. They read and analyze documents and other primary source materials in their historical contexts, and they write fact-based papers that synthesize large amounts of information. Majoring in history is thus an excellent way to prepare for a career in any number of diverse fields which require people to think critically and communicate effectively, such as teaching, journalism, law, politics, government service, public relations, library and information sciences, publishing or business.
In addition to these general aspects concerning the study of history, the Department of History curriculum also emphasizes the following specific student learning outcomes:
- Students can explain historical change and continuity.
- Students can write clear expository prose to develop an argument using recognized historical methods.
- Students can present their ideas orally according to disciplinary conventions.
- Students can identify, interpret and evaluate primary sources and other relevant information.
- Students can identify the main historiographical issues in a specific area of concentration.