The History and Historic Preservation Department offers a major in history (with optional concentrations in prelaw studies and in secondary education with certification in history or social studies). The department also offers minors in history and historic preservation. History is human life recreated from the tracks our ancestors left behind them. In its modern form, the study of history equips students with analytical skills and research techniques of immense practical and vocational value. The history program not only acquaints students with different ages, societies, and cultures, but also develops powers of writing, speaking, and thinking. The curriculum is organized to provide students with general knowledge, as well as technical competencies essential in such fields as business, law, government, teaching, publishing, and museum and archival work. Practice and theory are linked through internships in local historical societies, museums, and government agencies, as well as through courses in applied history that explicitly foster these connections.