Students majoring in history develop a critical consciousness of self, society, and the world while enriching their understanding of the history of various societies around the world as well as the political, social, and economic history of the U.S. Students will also develop the critical thinking skills necessary to think historically, or to view ideas, individuals, and events in their proper context, by practicing these skills with a wide variety of subjects. It is important to understand history not only as a content area, but as a craft. Thus, history majors will also learn to generate historical knowledge by conducting original research. Throughout this program of study, history majors will develop research, writing, and communication skills suitable for a variety of career possibilities.