The History major challenges students to understand the present by knowing the short- and long-term causes that have brought it into existence. Students learn that all events are the result of a complex interaction of forces, including ideas, political and economic developments and social and cultural conditions.
Since historical investigation requires logical thinking, critical analysis, imagination and intuition, History majors develop important skills that apply in a variety of careers. Students learn to recognize the significance of the sequential nature of events and to bring order to seemingly random facts. Plus, historical knowledge fosters an appreciation of human diversity, a global perspective and a rich comprehension of the contemporary world and one’s own experience.
History pairs well with many other majors, and it is an excellent foundation for careers in teaching, research, law, politics and government, community service and business.