Let the past be illuminated and the present better understood as you study human history.
Gain perspectives of time and place as you examine the complexities of our human history and experience. Grounded in a disciplined study of the past, you will be well-equipped to meet the demands of the 21st century. History majors and minors take courses on histories from around the world, as well as a field specialization in one region or theme. History students develop sharp reading, writing and research skills, preparing them for advanced graduate study or careers in education, public affairs, law, business and more.
What You'll Study
- Five courses in a field of specialization
- Three courses drawn from western and non-western fields
- A course on any period before 1800
- Senior thesis
Navigating Culture: Islam and Encounter in the Indian Ocean World
In an exhibit curated from library archives, Anisha Bhat ’15 and Anna Kramer ’16 highlighted travel, exchange, and cross-cultural contact in the Indian Ocean.
Social Justice and the Law
Kelly Ragsdale ’18 interviewed Cruz Reynoso ’53, California’s first Latino Supreme Court justice, for her research project looking at his contributions to the social justice movement.
I love the breadth of requirement that comes with the history major. Having to take classes in a variety of time periods and topics gives you a much more complete view of what has happened in the world and how the past has come to form the present.
Faculty & Teaching
The history faculty represents a broad swath of expertise, across time periods, movements, cultures and continents. Their nuanced knowledge of the past and the close mentorship they offer will make a lasting impact on your worldview.
I think history is the backbone of the liberal arts. We study the past not just to better understand what happened ‘then’ but to better understand our present world and ourselves. Our diversity is a big part of that. We're a diverse faculty with diverse experiences and interests. That’s how we nurture the critical global perspective students need for life in the 21st century.