History constitutes an intellectual challenge because of its special responsibility: the search for reality in the past. An understanding of history requires one to integrate many branches of knowledge. Individual history courses cut across lines of the social sciences, humanities, and even the natural sciences. More important to the history student than learning what has happened is understanding the process of change. By comparing the human condition over decades or centuries, the history student identifies fundamental social trends and analyzes critical causal factors. The history student develops research, analytical and writing skills necessary not only for work, but for living. History is an all-inclusive discipline, making it an excellent choice for those with flexible career goals.
An undergraduate degree in history provides preparation for advanced training in several social sciences.
Minor fields provide a complementary or comparative area in history.
Graduate students in history develop skills in critical thinking, writing and independent research.
The Historic Preservation Graduate Certificate program is co-sponsored by the History Department and the College of Architecture and Planning.
Recognizing that history is integral to many fields and forms of inquiry, our department collaborates in interdisciplinary programs in historic preservation, international studies, women's and gender studies, and master's degrees in humanities and social sciences.
Learn how UCD historians are committed to helping our students develop writing, research and analytical skills.