Department of History

As a disciplined and rigorous study of the past, history involves an analysis of earlier civilizations and societies: processes of change, problems of cause and consequence, and relationships between past and present. The study of history offers a breadth of perspective and an array of intellectual approaches that reach into other disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. The perspectives, analytical skills, and knowledge acquired have wide application and great value.

Departmental courses at the 100 and 200 levels are designed to introduce first year students and sophomores to trends and processes in history. Upper division courses usually will interest juniors and seniors, introducing more specific themes, periods and places, as well as helping students refine their analytical, writing, and research skills.

The history curriculum serves students pursuing a variety of interests and careers, including education, law, government service, journalism, and archival and museum studies. Those who plan to work in managerial and professional positions also will benefit from the concrete skills and broader awareness fostered by the study of history. Moreover, any person wishing to relate to national and world issues, past and present, will benefit from acquiring a broad historical perspective. For students particularly interested in local history or general archival work, the presence of the University of Michigan-Flint Archives makes advanced study in these areas possible at the undergraduate level.