The serious study of history requires a solid understanding of the social sciences, sensitivity to culture and the nuances of language and an awareness of the diversity and range of sources available to solve historical problems. From a practical point of view, the chief value of studying history is in developing analytical skills. For these reasons, history is excellent preparation for careers oriented toward the assessment and solution of political, social and legal problems, as well as positions that require the imaginative use of large and diversified bodies of information.
At a more philosophical level, the study of history functions to 'relativize the present'. The overwhelming pressure of present values and institutions can only be counteracted by a knowledge of the very different values that have informed social formations of the past. The study of history gives rise to a chastening consciousness of the smallness of the present moment, an appreciation for the qualitatively significant changes that have occurred over long periods of time, and a positive skepticism towards the information deluge of the day.
Although history has had a reputation as an ivory tower discipline, recent studies have shown that history majors find employment after graduation just as easily as their counterparts in other areas. They acquire a broad skill set that helps them forge ahead in just about any career they choose – not only in higher education, but also in business and law, among other fields.
Our students learn to think critically, evaluate sources, and construct powerful arguments. They conduct original research and present it in public, developing analytical and oratory skills. Our faculty are not only exceptional researchers, but also devoted teachers, committed to mentoring students and helping them reach their full potential.