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Why History is crucial

Dive into the Past. Shape the Future.  Learn about history at UVic.

History is serious business. Deadly serious. Many conflicts are the result of historical myths passed off as truths to those without the tools to evaluate them critically. The ability to recall and evaluate the past is fundamental to the functioning of human society. We need to understand the paths that brought societies to where they are today. An understanding of the histories of violence, persecution and genocide across time and continents gives us a more direct and powerful understanding of the values of human rights today. History also shows how thriving wealthy societies have consumed their way to extinction in the past. History gives us the tools to reflect on who we are, where we have come from, and where we might go.
 
Knowledge of history is crucial for the informed citizen. It is also valuable in today’s job market. Many leaders in business and government affirm the importance of the skills history students bring to their work, including flexibility, the ability to write effectively, to engage diverse points of view, provide critical analysis of both quantitative and non-quantitative data, create a compelling narrative out of a mass of confusing data, and present oneself effectively and convincingly both orally and in writing. These transferrable skills are of increasing importance in a knowledge economy.

Graduates of our program can be found in a wide range of careers: teachers (at primary, secondary, college and university levels), public servants, archivists, librarians, journalists, land claims and other researchers, communications specialists, business leaders, film makers, social policy activists, museum professionals, lawyers and politicians.  (For more information see home page for undergraduates.)

On this website you will find descriptions of all of our undergraduate and graduate courses, information about our undergraduate and graduate programs, scholarships and admission process. You’ll also find information about the exciting research interests and projects of our faculty and graduate students, about our active undergraduate student society (our THUGS), about upcoming events in the department, and much more. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, don’t hesitate to contact me or the department staff.

Dr. Lynne Marks, Chair, Department of History

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