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Historians investigate the past so that we can understand the present – how we came to be where we are and who we are. The word history derives from the Greek word for inquiry. Historians are, broadly speaking, interested in the social, political, economic, and religious daily affairs of all people. Their methods range from interviewing eyewitnesses of recent events to researching old diaries and letters or public or private documents and records, to compiling computer-generated data on people and their activities. The history faculty at Highlands especially encourages students to make connections between their own lives and times and the past.
Students of history may seek careers in teaching or professional applications, and many will continue for an advanced degree or enter law school. Professional applications of history include a variety of careers in public affairs, business, and the private sector where research, communication, and other liberal arts skills are valued. Some history students obtain positions in museums or archival settings or in historical research and preservation for private and public institutions.
This major is under the College of Arts and Sciences