History is the study of peoples, societies and events from the earliest times to the present. History is grounded in the examination of primary sources such as documents, wills, poems or artifacts that illuminate the past. Historians seek to provide meaningful interpretations of the human experience. Studying the traditions, events and decisions of those in the past provides insights for the contemporary world.
Central to human existence, and central to the liberal arts, are questions of meaning. The systematic exploration of these questions and their possible answers define studies in philosophy and religion. Courses in philosophy and religion thus are oriented towards helping students discover and develop their most fundamental views — their world view.