College: College of Arts and Sciences
Degrees: B.A., minor, M.A., Ph.D.
See Also: Department of History
Historians study various aspects of humanity’s recorded past. Some historians explore the rise and fall of empires, while others describe the everyday lives of men and women. They are interested in every period of the past and all parts of the world. They seek to understand the forces that have structured human life and the ideas that have shaped the way people perceive and experience their worlds. Historians pay particular attention to the effect of perspectives and values because their discipline involves the interpretation of findings, not just the collection of facts. The Department of History offers a wide range of courses in African, Asian, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and United States history. Students may also take a concentration in World History.
Students who major in history go on to a variety of careers including education, historic preservation, curatorial and archival management, the law, government, politics, journalism and nonprofit work
This is a suggested 4-year schedule of courses for students to follow, including milestones that should be met each year.