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History is the study of change over time, but it's also the story of who we are as people, how our world was created, and what we value and believe. Our faculty members are leaders in their fields, many of our graduate students go on to secure tenure-track jobs in universities and colleges throughout the nation, and our undergraduates have the freedom to explore their variety of interests while remaining grounded in the mainstream of the discipline.  All together, the department is a perfect setting to garner a broad-based education to form a well-informed citizenry!

Why MAJOR IN History?

Because every succeeding generation has new questions to ask of the past, history is constantly being rewritten, which makes it an exciting, dramatic discipline. Perhaps of equal importance, studying history allows students to develop skills in demand in the workplace. In fact, a recent survey found that employers rank writing, research, critical-thinking, and perspective-taking as the most vital skills they hope to see in new hires. These are precisely the skills one develops in the sustained study of history. History majors not only develop as writers, they also produce a capstone paper inviting them to locate, evaluate, and make sense of evidence. For more on how to articulate the skills you develop as a history major, click here. Meanwhile, the American Historical Association has compiled a fun list of famous history majors.

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