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Department ofHistory

Why History?

Why pursue a history major or minor?

Students of history are taught to:

  • Engage in critical thinking
  • Approach problems with an open mind
  • Develop close reading skills
  • Analyze multiple and diverse sources
  • Mobilize evidence to make clear and persuasive arguments
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Pursue intellectual rigor and independence, including the ability to conduct research
  • Work without direct supervision and manage time and priorities 
  • Discuss ideas in groups, lead discussions, and work with others
  • Better understand how current political, economic, and social landscapes are informed by the past 
  • Acquire cultural competency and connect with people from diverse backgrounds by learning about different historical and cultural contexts

These are all valuable and transferable skills.