We are committed to providing a rigorous, top quality education for the next generation of scholars, whether in academia, public history, secondary education, government and cultural organizations, publishing, or in many contexts where history and its associated skills are valued. Students read deeply in their fields while learning to create new knowledge by asking their own questions about the past, engaging in primary research, analyzing findings and communicating their conclusions artfully and persuasively.
Courses range from large lectures to small, discussion-based seminars and combine a variety of teaching methods Courses aim to build students’ skills in critical thinking, research, and both written and oral communication. We also offer experiential learning opportunities, such as the public history internship, which can be taken for credit (HIS 496). In addition, our faculty work one-on-one with students involved in independent study (HIS 499) and the Honors Seminar (HIS 497).