Chairperson: Lezlie S. Knox, Ph.D.
Department of History website
History illuminates every aspect of the human experience—politics, economics, religion, social issues, art, and war—shaping our memories and equipping us to think critically and constructively about connections between past and present. The history curriculum orders the study of the past in logical and meaningful ways. Beginning with surveys that offer general approaches to broad periods of history, the History Major guides students to upper division classes that challenge students to read and write about specific subjects and places in more depth. They finish their degrees by reading deeply, conducting independent research, and crafting major papers or projects on specialized topics in seminar-style readings and research courses. Students interested in further developing their understanding of history can write senior theses or undertake internships at museums, archives, and other public history sites.