The study of history examines how men and women throughout the world have lived in the past. It pays special attention to continuities and changes in human communities over time and to interactions among people from different cultures. The study of history enhances critical thinking and effective communication by teaching students how to evaluate different interpretations of the past and how to use evidence effectively to understand the meaning and impact of events and processes.
Studying history increases students' social responsibility as they come to understand their own life experiences as part of an historical process. History students master the essential skills of a liberal education by learning to read critically, to manage and analyze information, to build logical arguments, and to write persuasively.