Department of History

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History is a multidimensional field that historians and students have approached in a multitude of ways. At its core, history tackles fundamental questions of human society.

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Elisa Miller


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As a history major, you will examine how people lived, loved, governed, fought and thought in in the past. You will explore the catalysts, negotiations and conflicts that provoked change in those societies. You will look at how diverse societies came in contact with and influenced one another. You will also look at how individuals and communities developed their sense of identity, how the past continues to share our present and who we hope to be in the future. A history degree is excellent preparation for graduate school, law school and for careers in business, civil service, government, research and teaching.


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