The study of history plays a distinctive and central role in a strong liberal arts curriculum. Knowledge of history is essential to understanding the emergence of the modern world and to grappling with continuing global interactions and conflicts. International History majors enjoy considerable freedom to focus their work on their own areas of interest and to design programs that complement the rest of their academic work.
The International History major will enable students to:
- develop the ability to explain and contextualize change over time on the basis of evidence.
- distinguish between types and genres of sources and between evidence-based conclusions and unfounded statements.
- use sources to formulate questions and construct original arguments, and develop their ability to support their conclusions orally and in writing with evidence and appropriate documentation.
- identify, evaluate, and compare historians’ different interpretations of the past, thus understanding the discipline of history as an ongoing conversation between sources, scholars, and students.
- identify and trace major themes, issues, and developments in comparative, international, and global history, and gain the ability to formulate comparative questions and arguments about different societies and cultures.
Students in the Honors program will further develop these abilities and their research and writing skills to produce a thesis comparable in quality and depth to many Master’s theses.