Department of History - Images Source: Minnesota Historical Society

The History Department believes that the study of history has intrinsic value both as intellectual training and as a basic means of understanding human character. Thus we desire our courses to acquaint students with history as a discipline, to stimulate objective analysis of the past, and to provide a broader perspective of the future. We want students to perceive fundamental patterns of change that affect society's institutions and values and to improve their understanding of their own cultural heritage, the nature and backgrounds of contemporary civilizations, and the multicultural and international dimensions of the human experience. We seek to offset parochialism and ethnocentrism by offering courses dealing with as many as possible of the world's civilization, nations, and peoples.

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