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History is the written record of the human past, dealing with the people and events that helped make us what we are today. History courses enable students to investigate the ideas, problems, and actions of past generations as they directly affect the present. Through a variety of survey and specialized courses, students are encouraged to examine various cultures and historical periods, their distinctiveness as well as their particular responses to similar problems.

In a time of instant news and high technology, it is tempting to ignore the past, but those who attempt to understand history have a distinct advantage. Such an advantage is obvious for those seeking jobs in teaching, journalism, government service, or communications. A good historical background also serves well for those who enter the world of law, business, banking, archival and library work, or museums and historical societies.