The History Major

The History Major has five principal goals:

  1. To develop broad and deep knowledge of other times, places, and peoples and to equip them to perceive and understand complexity, causation, and connection in human affairs.
  2. To broaden their awareness of human diversity and creativity as well as enduring human problems in a comparative perspective.
  3. To develop research abilities essential to finding and analyzing primary source evidence and to engaging in an informed and critical dialogue with relevant scholarship.
  4. To develop and refine their ability to communicate clearly in writing, speaking, or other medium (such as an exhibition) historical ideas and arguments based on careful engagement with historical evidence.
  5. To develop their own sense of “the historian’s craft” and the meaning of history in their lives and world.

History is a rich field of study in its own right but it also goes well with other interests and professional goals. With some planning, these combinations are very possible and the Department has had many successful double majors as well as numerous History majors also completing the necessary curriculum in Pre-Med or Pre-Law. We encourage our majors to develop their foreign language knowledge as much as possible through off-campus study and a foreign language double major or minor.