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Why Major in History?

"With the historian it is an article of faith that knowledge of the past is a key to understanding the present."--Kenneth Stampp, historian

History is everywhere and everything has a history. It deals with real events, people and places;

To know your history is important; to ignore it is dangerous;

To discover how individual acts of vision and courage in the past have helped make the world a better place today;

To analyze why an incomplete understanding of peoples and events in the past has led to errors in human judgment;

To appreciate the complexity of variables that shaped past events;

To acquire the skills to think critically with rigor, write with clarity and precision and organize and evaluate evidence in order to analyze and interpret complex situations.

By majoring in history you will be equipped with the flexibility to succeed in a variety of careers and to go on to more specialized graduate or professional training.

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