The Department of History introduces students to the richness and complexity of the human experience. The discipline of history trains students to understand history as process: to research, analyze, synthesize, and critically evaluate evidence. To the historian, factual information is never an end in itself, but a means to understand how the conditions of our own day evolved out of the past. Those who major or minor in history receive a broad preparation for entrance into graduate school and the traditional professions of law, government, foreign service, journalism, business, and teaching. The department participates in interdisciplinary programs, including American studies, Asian studies, Black studies, Environmental studies, Judaic studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies, International studies, Russian and East European studies, Women, Gender and Sexuality studies, and University honors. Students who attain high standards of scholarship are sponsored for membership in the department's Psi Theta Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the International Honor Society for History, and participate in the special programs under its auspices.

Core History Courses

For the classes of 2022 and earlier, students take two history courses as part of their liberal arts core curriculum requirement. This requirement is fulfilled by one 1000-level course, plus one 2000- or 3000-level course.

Beginning with the class of 2023, the Magis Core curriculum requires students to take one history course at the 1000 level. Students then have the option of taking a 2000-level history course to fulfill a Tier II Exploration requirement.