What is History?
History is the study and interpretation of past human
experiences. Historical understanding is indispensable because the past has
informed and shaped the conditions of the world today. While firmly rooted in
the humanities, the discipline of history uses the research tools of the social
sciences and integrates a multitude of disciplinary approaches such as
sociology, geography, anthropology, and political science. In addition, students
acquire essential historical skills that include critical reading, thinking, and
writing. These skills are the foundation of the liberal arts tradition and
develop well-rounded students capable of succeeding in a broad range of
professions. Graduates in history are prepared for careers or post-graduate
study in public history, education, journalism, business, law, and government.
History at Lock Haven University
The department has a long-standing commitment to
inter-disciplinary and international perspectives. Transnational and comparative
studies are a strong emphasis of the curriculum. Course offerings expand beyond
traditional American and European topics to encompass Africa, the Middle East,
Asia, and Latin America. Additionally, students may take introductory courses in
public history that prepare them for potential careers in museums, archives,
libraries, and historical societies and agencies. In keeping with a core mission
of the university, faculty also encourage students to incorporate study abroad
into their degree programs. History students can supplement their knowledge and
experiences by studying in more than two dozen locations around the globe.