What is History?

History explores the many facets of the human condition from the past to the present. History invites those who study it to develop an appreciation for the variety of human experiences.  Demonstrating how the past shapes the present, the study of history also encourages an understanding of disruptive cultures, societies, and outlooks in their own terms.  Students learn to analyze and to think critically about a broad range of historical issues and experiences; and they learn how to develop reasoned arguments and explanations derived from historical evidence.