Brief Description of Concentration

various historical eventsHistory is a broad discipline encompassing every dimension of human interaction in the past, including social life, the economy, culture, thought, and politics. Students of history study individuals, groups, communities, and nations from every imaginable perspective—employing all the techniques of the humanities and social sciences to raise questions and probe for answers. Students explore the origins and developments that have shaped our contemporary world; and take courses that span the globe and range in chronological scope from antiquity to today.

Learning Objectives

The goals of the History Concentration include:

  • To study how societies and people actually functioned in the past, and in turn, how that context affects the present.
  • To teach students how to analyze complex events in the past and craft original arguments from large amounts of disparate evidence.
  • To prepare students for a wide range of postgraduate opportunities, especially those that value the ability to process vast and complicated amounts of information, to take multiple perspectives on that information, and to communicate effectively and concisely about it.

Gateway Courses

Visit History's website for a list of Recommended 101 Courses.




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