The history major offers students a great opportunity to explore and learn about the past alongside of a dedicated teaching faculty who are all experts in their fields. As one of our students recently expressed Specific goals of the undergraduate program include: (1) training the mind and imagination of those who study history; (2) introducing students to worlds, times, places, and cultures – including their own – in ways they have never before considered; and (3) promoting the acquisition of critical thinking, reading, and writing skills.
Our curriculum encourages students to develop a broad base of familiarity with American, Western, and Global history through a series of survey courses. From that foundation, students move on to more specialized courses based on their own interests and those of the faculty. All undergraduates will take at least three small seminar classes that focus on the process of producing good historical writing, and all students will learn to master the art of historical research and argumentation. The program offers many opportunities to advanced students to work closely with faculty, collaborating on research projects or pursuing areas of particular interest.
The department sponsors a history club, offers students opportunities to travel to use research libraries and archives, and values its majors and their academic goals. As one of our students recently explained in a survey, “The teachers and their enthusiasm for history are the department’s greatest strength. I have yet to have a professor who has not been challenging but helpful.”