History, the study of the vast record of human experience, serves as the collective memory of humankind. As memory defines selfhood and guides behavior, so history teaches about social identity and responsibility.
And just as your memory changes and matures, so does the collective understanding of the past change as new evidence is discovered and new perspectives are developed. Like a detective hunt, the discipline of history teaches you to seek facts, weigh interpretations, and draw conclusions. It requires wide reading, deep thinking, and clear communication.
As a History or Asian Studies major, you’ll explore the roots and development of Western civilization in the ancient and medieval periods, tracing the interaction between the West and the rest of the world, and probing more deeply into American, European, Asian, and other and non-Western history. Along the way, you are able to trace the impact of Christianity in both Western and non-Western settings.
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