Ten Misconceptions about History
1. History is boring. It is just about names and dates.
Wrong! Names and dates are helpful background details in the complex story of the past. Names and dates are just the beginning of a real study of history. In fact, names and dates come after all sorts of more interesting things, and can usually be looked up.
2. History is irrelevant. Events in the past are over, so they don't matter today.
Wrong! Tell that to any country with a centuries-old border conflict, unhealed war wounds, tense ethnic conflict, or controversial national celebrations. History is real and has an impact on the everyday lives of people around the world.
3. History is the story of the winners.
Wrong! Every people, country, region, and group has a voice in history. Our professors specialize in all areas of the world and teach courses on a wide range of countries, cultures, and social groups.
4. Historians are dull and stuffy.
Wrong! Get to know any of our interesting and engaging professors. They are all brilliant individuals with fascinating topics to share.
5. History classes always have tests. I will always have to memorize names and dates!
Wrong! History classes at MHC rarely have the kind of tests you might have had in high school. Assignments vary based on the course and professor.
6. Course reading in history is usually a textbook.
Wrong! Very few history professors will make you read a textbook. Professors choose unique and interesting books and articles for their classes depending on the subject, the interests of the students, and the current scholarly discourse on their topic.
7. 100-level courses are always easy and mainly for first-years.
Wrong! Anyone can take a 100-level course and they are not always a piece of cake. 100-level courses are meant to be regional surveys, designed to introduce you to an area of history that you may not have studied before.
8. 300-level courses are just for upperclassmen.
Wrong! Underclassmen can and have taken 300-level courses if they meet the prerequisites and, through written application, receive permission of the instructor. Depending on your experience in the topic, you might qualify for a 300-level as a first-year or sophomore. To see if you qualify, please fill out the application.
9. The History Department Lounge (310 Skinner) is just for professors.
Wrong! The Common Room is for you to hang out, socialize, and study. Stop by, have a cup of coffee, and make yourself at home!
10. The History major has required courses.
Wrong! There is no single required course for history. There are regional and seminar requirements designed to give flexibility to students with varied topical interests. See the requirements checklist.