History teaches everything, including the future. – Lamartine.
Historical awareness grows from the study of the past, a study based on the realization that the present world is very largely, at any given moment, a product of the past. A history major, then, is based upon a fundamental curiosity as to how and why things got to be the way they are; as such, historical awareness and understanding are foundational to a liberally educated person. History provides a general framework through which all human life may be more sharply understood.
A major in History is an excellent preparation for careers in all fields. The study of history will over time deepen one's social and cultural awareness and sharpen the analytical skills required for success in any endeavor. Our majors in History have entered graduate programs and pursued careers in business, journalism, teaching, law, historic preservation, librarianship and non-profit management.