Historical Perspectives (H) (4 sem. hrs.)

Courses bearing the Historical Perspectives (H) designation focus on how societies change over time, including how politics, values, beliefs, ideas, cultures, and individuals, interact with and reflect specific historical contexts.
This emphasis on historical context excludes courses that are focused on a specific discipline (i.e., the history of history).


  • To demonstrate understanding of how societies change over time.
  • To learn how to interpret and evaluate primary materials in their historical contexts and from later historical perspectives.
  • To cultivate independent arguments about historical developments based on the study of primary material.

Transferrable Skill:

Students can understand, evaluate, and produce claims concerning human activity of the past and change in human activity over time, by framing this activity, as recorded in the historical record, within its specific historical context(s).