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The study, practice and use of history offers an exciting and challenging contribution to the liberal arts curriculum.
History is a critical and analytical method of inquiry into our collective past based on our cumulative experience, informed understanding, and careful judgment. Using evidence from the past, historians investigate the relationship between cause and effect and between agency and responsibility to understand better how things change over time. These general habits of sorting through the past allow us to appreciate the profound differences between ourselves and others and to imagine (and to some degree experience) the world as men and women have in times now lost and in places we shall never see. We invite you to learn more about our department and to visit us at our home in Skinner Hall.
Meet the faculty, staff, and student liaisons in our department and find out how to join our community.
Faculty go beyond the catalog to describe the experience of taking their courses.
Study history through courses and requirements that balance diversity and flexibility with intellectual rigor and engagement
Go beyond the textbook to see how our students, alumnae and faculty are discovering, researching (and writing about), and funding the histories that haven't been told
Integrate your coursework with experiential learning and practical application, including internships and study abroad.
Alumnae and students describe their career pathways.
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