History and Social Sciences Department
When today’s employers are asked to name the most important skills they look for in candidates, critical thinking and effective decision making rise to the top of the list. Programs offered in the History and Social Sciences Department are designed to sharpen those skills in you.
By studying the past, you will learn to understand the present and, therefore, plan for the future. Through an exploration of various elements of society, you will develop a deeper understanding of the world in which you live. And by learning more about political systems and political behavior, your understanding of the impact politics has on the world around you will grow.
Whether you plan on future graduate studies, want to serve your community as a police officer or human services coordinator, or aspire to a career in politics, the department’s programs can enhance your potential and hone your abilities.
If you major in history, you are strongly encouraged to study abroad for a semester, preferably during spring semester of your sophomore year or fall semester of your junior year. Consult with your academic adviser for more information.
Departmental distinction is granted to graduating seniors who have earned a department GPA of 3.7 or higher, a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher, and at least an AB in H470 Senior Thesis. Departmental distinction is reserved for students majoring in history, history/social studies, or social studies education who perform academically at the top level of all graduates from the department.
The Brother J. Robert Lane Historical Essay Prize is awarded to students for excellence in historical research and writing whenever applicable. Department book prizes are awarded each semester to outstanding students in each history class.