Welcome to the
Department of History!
History is the collective memory of the human species, and it is a method of investigating fragmentary pieces of evidence in order to construct a narrative that makes sense of the past. Alumni of our department have gone on to successful careers in law, teaching, national parks, and historical societies.
As a department, we are committed to tradition and innovation. We integrate methods and evidence from anthropology, biology, geography and other disciplines to contextualize human cultures as they interact with the natural environment and other animals on this planet. Through history, we gain perspective on why we do the things we do, and we acquire the transferable skills that have helped our graduates begin new and exciting careers.