Department Chair

  • James C. Harrison
    Professor of History
    Kiernan Hall 228

Mission and Learning Goals

History Department, Mission Statement, 5/07
The primary goal of the History Department is to introduce students to the complexity and diversity of the human past. The discipline of history trains students to do research and to analyze, synthesize, and critically evaluate evidence and ideas. This is accomplished through a History curriculum that promotes inquisitiveness, critical thinking, and clear communication achieved by interaction between faculty and students. The department has two primary aims: 1) to provide a major that will help prepare students for entrance into graduate school and the professions of law, government, foreign service, teaching, and business; and 2) instill in students the value of knowledge not only to comprehend their world but also to take an active role in shaping a positive future.