The study of history develops out of the perennial interest that people have about their past. History explores the events that shape societies. Studying the record of the past opens insights into what happens today, and what may happen tomorrow. The fundamental importance of history explains why it is among the most venerable of the liberal arts, and why it continues to attract new scholars.
The history major begins with a broad foundation, then allows a student to build upon it with courses that most closely match his or her interests. Students take 15 hours of required courses and choose electives in the categories of European history, Social history, American history, and World history.