A Distinguished Field
History is a set of evolving rules and tools that allow us to interpret the past with clarity, rigor, and an appreciation for interpretative debate. It requires evidence, sophisticated use of information, and a deliberative stance to explain change and continuity over time. As a profoundly public pursuit, history is essential to active and empathetic citizenship and requires effective communication to make the past accessible to multiple audiences. As a discipline, history entails a set of professional ethics and standards that demand peer review, citation, and toleration for the provisional nature of knowledge.
—American Historical Association Tuning Project: History Discipline Core
Read what MacArthur Genius Grantee Sunil Amrith had to say about the relevance of history today: Why History is More Important Now Than Ever Before
A Myriad of Opportunities
A-State history students hone their skills through a wide variety of courses and assignments. In one section of World Civilization, for instance, they researched the life of Olaudah Equiano to create the storymap below as well as a timeline and a Fakebook page. To access a portal of course offerings past and present, click here.