The study of history is the study of humanity, society and culture. History invites us to consider how our present ways of doing and thinking have their origins in the past and lay a foundation, perhaps, for an unknowable future.
Reading and writing are the primary tools of historical inquiry, and some historians also evaluate oral and material sources as they set out to discover the past. The history major at Beloit emphasizes that these skills are at the heart of what it means to think critically about past and present, about our own society and those that are foreign to us, as well as about what distinguishes our own cultural or individual perspective. Our courses are designed to encourage our students to 'do history' rather than merely learn about it, and we believe that learning to engage historical sources in a 'conversation' between the past and the present strengthens the communication skills that are essential for our graduates.
We welcome you to explore the courses and the opportunities offered through our department.