hThe Department of History believes that the study of history promotes critical thinking, fosters effective citizenship, enriches many other fields of study, and prepares students to assume positions of responsibility and leadership in an ever more interdependent global society. Historical research projects involving primary and secondary materials available in archives, libraries, and electronic format teach research techniques valuable in many career areas. In addition, the written presentation of historical arguments improves students’ analytical and writing skills. 

To promote historical understanding and related skills, the Department will provide high quality instruction for diverse learners enrolled in the campus’s general education program, for future secondary school social studies teachers, other majors, and graduate students. The Department will accomplish these goals through the use of regular faculty engaged in research and publication, teaching, professional and other service, as well as national and international activities in partnership with community organizations and institutions dedicated to fostering historical understanding.