The faculty of the Department of History believe history is an essential component of a liberal arts education. As an important part of the curriculum, historical study enables students to understand the interaction of many aspects of state, society and culture, and the dynamics of human change. It offers a valuable perspective on contemporary problems as well as knowledge of the past for its own inherent interest.

Departmental offerings, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, include the major areas of historical concern such as American history and ancient, medieval and modern European history. In recognition of the role of a university in its community -- local, national and world -- the department offers courses in urban and social history; the history of science; Asian and Middle Eastern history; Judaic Studies; religious studies; women's and gender studies; and black studies. The department is also vitally involved in interdisciplinary courses and programs.

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