Historians study the impact of time and change on human affairs. From this perspective, the curriculum of the History Department provides students an understanding of the past designed to foster a critical and humane approach to the complexities of the present. The department offers a comprehensive range of courses that explore the historical development of a broad spectrum of human societies and enhance students' appreciation of their own and other cultures. Our curriculum also emphasizes skills of critical thinking and writing that students will find indispensable as they pursue a variety of careers, including education, research, law, business, public affairs, and the service professions. History is a flexible major which combines well with a wide choice of minors. The Department offers courses leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts as well as a minor.