History

History is more than just the study of the past; it examines how societies, people, and nature actually functioned in the past and in turn, how that context affects the present. Our faculty’s courses enable students to encounter the unfamiliar and to approach it with empathy and analytical understanding. We teach our concentrators to appreciate change over time, contingency, complexity, and diversity of perspectives; to analyze sources closely, to research deeply, to write clearly, and to speak with confidence. Our Department teaches tomorrow’s leaders why yesterday matters.  Department Website

Historians study politics and government; diplomacy and international relations; science and technology; finance and economics; religion and philosophy; literature and arts; cultural and social changes and exchanges; archaeology, anthropology, evolutionary psychology, and genetics.  Interdisciplinarity is native to historical practice. Our students familiarize themselves with the methods and theoretical assumptions of other disciplines, even while learning how these methods and theories are just as much products of history as the questions they were developed to address. The in-depth study of history — with its emphasis on rigorous analysis, research, and writing — prepares students exceptionally well for navigating the data-rich, networked, globalized world in which they live.

History makes all your interests more interesting. And, to be honest, who wouldn’t relish the chance to spend their college years reading really great books and thinking about the issues that intrigue them most?