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Gain a greater understanding of today — and the implications for tomorrow — by examining yesterday.

The great Chinese dynasties. Ancient Native American civilizations. The Industrial Revolution. World War II. If you’re fascinated by the past, by how local histories become the fabric of the collective global history, and by how events of yesterday shape our world today, you’re a prime candidate for a degree in history. Our program will provide you with the tools, guidelines and resources to help you understand everything from the Stone Age to the Information Age and all the related social, political, cultural and economic developments that constitute the historical background of the modern world. You will learn to identify significant problems, read evidence critically, organize information coherently, write about it cogently, and think independently. By the time you graduate, you will have come to appreciate that history is more than just what occurred yesterday; it’s what we write today.

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Quick Facts

  • Our History Department offers a minor in archival studies and community documentation.
  • U.S. history traditionally begins in 1776, but it can be traced further back by centuries to when the territory was occupied by Native American tribes and European colonists.
  • Stephen E. Ambrose spent most of his career as a history professor, but he’s better known as the author of Band of Brothers.

Possible Careers

  • Curator working on the restoration and preservation of exhibits in a world-renowned museum
  • Education officer at a historical site responsible for teaching visitors about the various aspects of the site
  • History professor at a large and prestigious Ivy League university or a small and intimate college
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