What Is History?
History is a branch of knowledge developed by studying, analyzing and interpreting the human past. It is the repository of mankind’s collective memory and experience. Historians examine the past to understand the present. They investigate documents to explain how the contemporary world came about and provide context for evaluating present-day societies’ political actions, ideas and cultures.
Why Study History?
Taking History courses provides more than interesting stories; it reveals patterns explaining current political actions, ideas or cultures. Understanding what is going on in the world today depends on understanding what’s happened in the past. Troubles in the Middle East, the fight for human rights and religious intolerance are conflicts dating back thousands of years. Perimeter College history courses provide in-depth study of issues, providing the background for knowledgeable decisions and rational life choices.
A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.