At Lander, we’ll take you on a journey through history and philosophy, guiding you through a rich tapestry of cultures, civilizations, movements and ideas.

history students

Why study history now?

To understand the present – and prepare for the future – you must first know the past. Our world is full of diverse peoples, religions, social values, economies, and political systems that produce unique experiences for humans across the globe.  Because of such diversity, people see life through very different lenses and history plays an essential part in the molding of those varying lenses.  Understanding history helps us to better understand others and evaluate present day issues. 

In business, fluctuations in the economy are intertwined with politics, wars, diplomacy, and social change.  Thus, understanding the past can help people make better decisions about market trends because they can see patterns that have developed over time. 

Appreciation for varying human experiences also helps us to see other peoples’ perspectives and develop empathy for individuals and groups.

Understanding the past also makes us better and more engaged citizens.  By learning about the causes and outcomes of wars, social movements, and economic policies, we can take informed action and seek change when it is necessary. 

Even within the STEMS fields, history matters.  When you take history classes you can learn about advances in medicine, engineering, and any variety of the sciences and mathematics.  You can also see how intertwined these advances are with the human experience.  You can investigate questions such as: “How have medicines and nutrition improved as a result of the Enlightenment and the Second Industrial Revolution?”  Or: “How have technology and mathematics helped the United States to become an economic and cultural center?”   The possibilities of historical exploration are practically endless. 

In addition to developing a better understanding of the world around us, studying history also helps you to develop “soft skills” that employers assert are necessary for success outside of the classroom.  In recent years, major corporations have conducted research and discovered that soft skills are what make their top executives successful.  Studying and practicing historical analysis helps you to hone these important and valued talents.  As history majors our students learn how to read and think critically about complex ideas and information.  They also sharpen their abilities to communicate and work as teams to solve problems.

At Lander, you’ll quickly be drawn into a department that is a small community of teachers and learners. You’ll interact with historians and philosophers who hold degrees from top universities in the world. They are researchers, authors, Fulbright scholars, and award winners; however, they view themselves foremost as teachers. They enjoy interactive instruction through small classes, maintain open office hours, and mentor students through programs that foster cultural awareness and intellectual development.

 

Guided History Pathways

We know that you want your degree to have a clear purpose and that you want choices.  At Lander, you can focus your study of history by following one of the Guided History Pathways to degree completion. When you study at Lander you can choose to follow pathways for European History, Global History, US History, Cultural Diversity and Social Change, the American South, and War and Society.  Following a pathway offers you the opportunity to concentrate on areas that interest you the most, yet still obtain the breadth of historical knowledge necessary for anyone seeking to go on to graduate school.

If you do not wish to specialize in one area, you can also choose to take any of the 300-level content history courses that interest you.

*In all cases, Pathways are designed to help students find direction within the major, but the chosen Pathway will not be listed on the transcript.