Through the study of history, students learn that just as with a film, the current scenes cannot be understood without having seen those that came before. Once outside the narrow frame of our own time and place, we are much better able to exercise what historian Jacques Barzun calls “a quick and shrewd understanding” of contemporary developments.
The unique perspective provided through the history major offers intellectual insight, provides the basis of informed citizenship, and cultivates a skill set that can be applied to a variety of careers. These include law, government, museum and historic site management, research and archives, teaching, and journalism. The major is also excellent preparation for graduate and law school.