Historians ask 'what' happened in the past (the facts), but they also ask 'why' events transpired as they did. Students in History courses explore what happened and why through many perspectives, whether political, economic, cultural or intellectual, religious, or social, and analyze historians' debates. Sources studied and interpreted by students include, but are not limited to, published or unpublished written texts, film and other visual material, and oral testimony. The recent explosion of digitized materials has made a vast array of evidence available to undergraduates in their study of change over time in human society. Skills fostered by the faculty in the department of History - including the ability to write analytically and present arguments orally, to read critically and carefully, to find and manage information through research projects, and to think logically - serve students well in their later varied and stimulating careers.

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