Old world map.

The study of history helps students understand how our complex world has been shaped by political, social and economic relationships.

Students gain an appreciation for the impact of the past upon the present, and learn to:

  • Research, read and evaluate historical sources, both primary and secondary.
  • Write clearly and effectively when examining a historical problem or question.
  • Recognize the interrelationship of social, economic, political, intellectual, and cultural forces that determine and influence history.

The Department of History offers a major in history, and a minor in history and American studies.



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Chair, Professor