About the History Major

General Statement of Goals

Through its curricular offerings the Department of History seeks to expose students to the richness, diversity, and complexity of human history over long periods of time, and in different geographic regions, and to provide them with the opportunity to explore aspects of the past in depth. At the same time, the Department endeavors to develop students’ ability to think historically and to foster in them an appreciation of the contested nature of historical knowledge, confronting them with the variety of ways in which historians have interpreted the past, engaging them in issues that provoke historical debate, and familiarizing them with the nature and uses (and abuses) of evidence. By immersing students in the critical study of the past, the Department seeks to develop their ability to formulate historically informed analyses and enhance their analytical and rhetorical skills.