The Department of History provides students with a broad introduction to civilizations of the past and present including those of antiquity, Europe, America, and the Third World. Through a broad exposure to the complexities shaping the forces of civilization, the history major develops a thorough grounding in the historical process, a greater empathy, and a special perspective for viewing human thought and action. The student of history is aware of the distinctiveness of past individuals and societies but also recognizes the continuities connecting the experiences of different people over time. Sensitive to the realities of continuity and change, the student of history develops the ability to determine bias, to make valid generalizations, to draw valid inferences, and to perceive the significance of fact within the framework of interpretations. A major in History provides a meaningful background for students who desire to enter government service, politics, law, teaching, or business.
The major consists of 36-45 credits in History with at least 15 credits at the 300/400 level. Students must earn an average GPA in the major of 2.2.