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The history major is intended to provide students with an understanding of the major events, forces, and principals of the past in order to gain an understanding of how societies and cultures change over time. History majors will learn to use a variety of sources of historical information including historical texts, visual documents, and oral histories to develop accounts of past events. History majors will also explore the complex ways in which the past influences the present, as well as how the past persists into the future. They will cultivate such vital skills as writing, research, data collection and analysis, critical thinking, questioning, and the organization and presentation of complex materials. History majors become experts in making well-supported, meaningful written claims, and arguments and in communicating with a variety of audiences. This major is supported by the other humanities majors.