History students learn to think critically and creatively, to evaluate many different viewpoints, and to apply their knowledge of the past to produce an informed and articulate analysis of contemporary global issues. We do not expect that every student will pursue a degree in history; rather, we hope that the skills learned in our courses will contribute to a deeper understanding of today's world.
The study of History is as relevant to new high school graduates as it is to mid-career professionals. By understanding the peoples and cultures that have created our contemporary world, we are better able to navigate the complexities of our increasingly interconnected and globalized lives. While an interest in history often draws students into our courses, we also offer courses that are relevant to students in political science, business, sustainability studies, and many other areas of the university.