The American Experience
War & Society
Medieval and Modern Europe
American South
African, Asian, and Latin American History
The American Experience
War & Society
Medieval and Modern Europe
American South
African, Asian, and Latin American History

Why Study History?

9 Reasons to Study History

(Inspired by this list by Kelly Marcus)

Studying History:

  1. Allows Us to Understand Society
  2. Allows Us Understand Change (especially over time)
  3. Provides a Sense of Identity
  4. Preserves Our Stories
  5. Inspires Us
  6. Teaches Us Warning Signs
  7. Helps Us Be Better People
  8. Teaches Us Amazing Skills (like creating arguments, using evidence, writing and speaking well)
  9. Makes Us Wicked Good at Trivia Games

For more on why to study History, click here.

Events

  • The History Lab will be open for consultations this sumnmer, from June 1st through July 31st.  The Lab will be open Monday through Friday from 11am to 5pm to help students with any aspect of their summer History courses, from successful note taking to writing History papers to studying for History exams.  For more informatioin or to book an appointment, CLICK HERE.

News

The History Department is proud to announce that PhD candidate Hayden McDaniel has been awarded a Visiting Scholar Grant from the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina-hapel Hill for her project entitled “From Carver to Carter: The Political Economy of Peanut Cultivation in the South, 1920-1976.” Well done!

Dr. Ken Swope, Professor of Asian History, was recently offered a prestigious Visiting Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.  Dr. Swope will be working in the School of Historical Studies, where he will conduct research on his upcoming book “On the Trail of the Yellow Tiger: War, Trauma, and Social Dislocation in Southwest China during the Ming-Qing Transition.” The archives and libraries around Princeton house one of the world’s greatest collections of sources on Asian History.