History is the investigation of social, economic, political, and cultural developments across the wide spectrum of peoples, from the beginning of civilization to the present.

A history major gains a deeper understanding of the human condition and the relationship between historical developments and contemporary social/political trends. As a history minor at Mount Mercy, you can combine an interest in history with one of a number of other majors offered by the college.

You learn:

  • The techniques of finding historical primary sources and evaluating their relevancy to the topic under investigation.
  • To write clear, effective, and concise analyses of issues you study, based on both primary and secondary sources.
  • To present and summarize your work orally in a clear, concise manner, both in the classroom and in more formal settings.

Emphasis is placed on critical and analytical thinking, research, reading, writing, and speaking.