Students of history learn, above all, the skills of the historian—to read, analyze and express themselves well. They study the past to learn from it and to prepare for a variety of future careers. While students focus on a variety of subjects (culture, military, gender, race, politics) or a specific geographic region in their major, they leave here with a broad, international perspective on history. The major is flexible and works well with other majors and minors. It also offers students the ability to study abroad.
- Research, write and present a senior project following professional guidelines.
- Present and defend a historical argument in a public setting.
- Prepare a career-planning portfolio.
- Participate in at least one off-campus co-curricular activity in which students demonstrate connections to their study of history.
Honors. Students may earn departmental honors by obtaining at least a 3.50 overall GPA and completing a senior research project deemed outstanding by members of the department.