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The department offers the major and minor in History either as the basis of a general liberal arts education or as preparation for advanced studies in such fields as history, journalism, law, public affairs or Foreign Service, and teaching. Students will acquire a body of material knowledge over a range of topics as well as develop their intellectual skills in effective communication and critical thinking. Study of a foreign language is required. Students intending to teach History in secondary schools must have two majors (History and Secondary Education) and work with advisors in each field.