History sheds light on human experience and thought in different times and places. It enables you to understand which aspects of human life change across time and which remain stable. Historians go far beyond merely describing change; they also grapple with the question of how and why societies change.

At times, the prevailing view has been that the economy drives historical change, at others intellectual or creative leaps, and at yet others a transformation in religious belief or political upheaval. Most often many paradigms co-exist and historians committed to each engage in debate, attempting to persuade others of the validity of their models.

This is the case at the University of Chicago, where you will have the opportunity to make your own judgments about the forces compelling historical transformations. Please explore the links on the left to find out more about the history major and minor.