Why study history?
The study of history begins with questions, not answers. We seek to know what happened in the past, and we also seek to understand why.
As our present-day context raises new challenges for our communities, historians are inspired to ask new questions about the past, seeking understanding of a broad variety of human experiences. Historians explore questions about past politics and economics, intellectual developments, social concerns shaped by race, gender and class, and facets of culture ranging from arts and languages to human spaces and emotions. As a result, the study of history is dynamic, rather than static, and those trained in this discipline develop valuable skills in gathering, evaluating, connecting and interpreting factual information, and in the use of evidence to argue persuasively for their conclusions.
Oct. 24, 2022
East Marshall Street Well Project engages community through film camp, K-12 education and archival research
A new grant supports public education, community research and public communication around the East Marshall Street Well and its history of structural and medical racism.
Oct. 19, 2022
His interest led him to co-author a book that celebrated the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s reign.
Nyah Graham has a passion for learning and understanding our past. Visit our 'Meet a Student' page to read more about Nyah's favorite classes, favorite professors, and what she plans to do with her bachelor's degree in history.