Why History?

Because it’s fun.  Because it's fascinating. Because it matters.

Our students learn about cultures all over the world and from all different eras, developing a complex understanding of both the past and the present. History majors learn to think deeply. To pause and to analyze. To wonder and to investigate. Whether examining a political speech, a war widow's letter, or the remnants of a slave cabin, our students use the artifacts of the past to build convincing arguments, while learning to write clearly and read critically. As a result, they are well-prepared to become engaged citizens of the world and to find productive careers in an array of fields. 

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Wilson Hall
Future home of the History Department

15 - max number of students in upper-level seminars
$73,600 average mid-career salary of history majors in the U.S.
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