The History major prepares students for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in History. The aim is to provide students an understanding of the breadth and depth of the human past while simultaneously learning the methods of historical analysis that are central to critical thinking. In addition to learning about important events, people and cultures, history majors learn about causation, textual interpretation and comparative analysis. History majors also gain a familiarity with the diversity of world cultures and learn to look at social problems in a global perspective.
History majors graduate well-prepared for teaching, museum work and graduate study in history and other fields. However, because a vital component of the program is learning how to speak, read and write critically, the history major prepares students for a wide variety of professions, including law, public service, international affairs, non-profit work, journalism and public relations.