In addition to facilitating one's understanding of past developments and cultures, the study of history should expand a person's interests and challenge his/her preconceptions. The process of interaction of human communities with the environment, continuity and change in societies through time, the complex connections between the individual and society and the possibilities for individual action and creativity are among the themes that the History Department emphasizes in its courses. The History major at ISU thus offers a multi-dimensional study of the human experience across time and space. The History department encourages students both to examine questions of human values and to develop skills in the analysis of complex issues. This training helps prepare one to teach at the secondary level, to enter public affairs, journalism, law or business, or to pursue graduate work in History or a related discipline.
To declare a major in history, a student must have sophomore standing and a grade point average of 2.0 or better.