Studying history helps students obtain researching, writing, and critical thinking skills, as well as information about and perspectives concerning the human condition in different times and places. What is universal about the human experience? What is specific to a time and a place? How many different ways have societies been structured, changed over time, and interacted with one another? What have these societal structures and interactions meant for the daily lives of people? How has the modern world developed over time? Extensive study of history gives students knowledge and insight into all these issues. We believe that the study of history is indispensable to each of the three aims in education: training for work, preparation for public life, and enrichment of private life.
At the undergraduate level, we offer a major and minor in history and also contribute to the major in archaeology and history, which is administered through the Anthropology Department. For the requirements for our major or minor, explore our undergraduate programs. In our graduate program, we offer a master’s degree largely based on classes in U.S. and European history, and culminating in a thesis or capstone paper. We also have a track focusing on public history and another focusing on archives; for more information see our graduate programs pages.