The Department of History is dedicated to teaching, research, and the intellectual development of students, the university, and the community. We are committed to recruit and support a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff; to provide educational opportunities and professional service that benefit the university and the wider community; to nurture research as an essential component of our teaching mission; and to engage in self-reflection to assure that we carry out our responsibilities in the most effective and efficient manner possible. Informed by those commitments, the mission of the Department of History is to graduate liberally educated individuals who can think critically, view the world with historical perspective, appreciate the traditions of many cultures, understand the role of change and continuity, and recognize that education is a never-ending process.