College-level history is not the memorization of dry facts and dates. It is much more than chronology — putting past events in chronological order to tell a story. Rather, it is a creative process that involves the critical interpretation of the past to answer important questions that deepen our understanding of the past and inform our activities in the present. Questions you might encounter in the classroom include: Why did the North win the U.S. Civil War? How have women contributed to political and cultural life in Japan? How do ordinary people become complicit in genocide? At JCU, history involves discovering, researching, and learning more about your passion, but it also means discovering new interests and refining skills that will enable you to excel in any path you take after graduation.
Besides specific learning outcomes, JCU history majors will acquire an appreciation for the diversity of human experience. They will engage in serious reflection on questions of social justice and cultivate a competence in a particular area of study. Finally, they will develop an appreciation for the interdisciplinary nature of historical research and writing.