The mission of the Department of History is twofold. First, it provides an intensive program of study for students majoring is history. The study of history is a long-established foundation for education since it builds critical skills of gathering and interpreting evidence, crafting arguments, engaging in research, and developing polished presentation skills both written and oral.
As a result, students earning a degree in history are prepared to pursue a wide range of career options. Some continue their education in graduate school in the humanities, social sciences, education or law; others pursue careers in public service, business and the arts.
Second, the Department of History provides opportunities for all students to familiarize themselves with the past through the study of history across time and around the world. Studying history helps students to appreciate their place in the world through a deeper understanding of the connection between the past and the present, through a better awareness of the varieties of human experience, and through a more complete understanding of the rich diversity of cultures.
The faculty regularly reviews and updates the history curriculum to reflect the changing nature of the historical discipline; conducts exit interviews with graduating seniors to assess their experience in the major; and collects and updates survey information from alumni concerning their experiences after graduation.

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