"Of all the disciplines, history -- the study of the folly and achievements of man -- is best calculated to foster the critical sense of what is permanent and meaningful amid the mass of superficial and transient questions which make up the day-to-day clamor."
- John F. Kennedy
History illuminates every aspect of the human experience -- politics, economics, religion, social issues, art, and war. Consequently, a history major comes to understand society in a comprehensive way. The study of history mines the storehouse of information about the past and orders that knowledge in logical and meaningful ways. It thus shapes our human memory and so equips us to think critically and constructively about the present and our connections to the past.