Through the study of history, students gain an understanding of the past as well as several widely transferable skills. History majors learn how to think critically and to write clearly. Students also learn how to conduct research, interpret sources, and create compelling arguments and intriguing narratives. Students of history also bring a historical and cross-cultural perspective to discussions of current affairs and can participate in public life as an informed, thoughtful, and articulate citizen and leader.
Majors in History take a class in historical research and writing and at least one upper-level course in the history of each of the following: the United States and Canada; Europe; and Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Beyond these basic requirements, the program allows students freedom to design a course of study focused on their own interests.