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History

History, Political Science and International Studies

Map of the world. The text next to it says: History touches on  the whole range of  the human heritage.  While focusing on  the past, it also helps students understand the present and provides a strong foundation for the future.

Together with African & African American Studies, History at UMD celebrates Black History Month with the following lecture by Professor Ana-Lucia Araujo:

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Welcome to History

The study of history is vital to a liberal arts education because it provides a holistic approach to knowledge; it broadens students' understanding of commonality and diversity, development of cultures, and drama of human experience. History touches on the whole range of the human heritage. While focusing on the past, it also helps students understand the present and provides a strong foundation for the future. It prepares students for careers that demand analytical and communication skills, critical thinking, and cultural breadth. These careers include law, business, journalism, teaching, government, and the ministry.

This program introduces students to major world cultures and provides experiences in the critical use of historical literature and other source materials. It offers classes in five geographical areas (Africa, East Asia, Europe, the Middle East and United States) and on a number of thematic topics.

Students interested in the history major can click the following link for a summary of its requirements.