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2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of History

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Professor   Richard J. Janet, Ph.D.
    Faith J. Childress, Ph.D. (Chair)
Associate Professor   Joanna Carraway Vitiello, Ph.D.
    Kevin D. Motes, Ph.D.
    Cecilia A. Samonte, Ph.D.

History is the study and interpretation of recorded past events. It is a rich and complex discipline which attracts students for a variety of reasons. As Roland Stromberg suggests, “People read history for enjoyment, instruction, orientation,  stimulation, inspiration, and even therapy; they study the record of past events to broaden their horizons, sharpen their  critical sense, find their roots, strengthen their pride, criticize their society, discover other societies; they turn to history out of boredom, curiosity, discontent, piety.”

A well-conducted study of history affords new perspectives on the human condition and provides the truly curious intellect with a method and perspective for the study of human civilization in all its triumphs and failures. Student historians grow intellectually and personally as they formulate questions and suggest answers to the most persistent of human problems in light of a history of cultural development. Such study requires the cultivation of the skills of critical thinking and analysis, problem-solving, and communication.

Rockhurst alumni have translated the skills acquired in their history major into a variety of significant fields and positions in government, education, business, and the professions.


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