Department Mission and Vision
The Department of History and Intercultural Studies strives to better understand the common elements and the range of diversity among human societies. We do this by learning to listen to people from times and/or places different from our own. As we become more familiar with the world as others have experienced it, we better understand the world and our own place in it. We are better able to ask good questions, view events from multiple perspectives, and analyze changes and continuities in human communities across time and place.
In History the department accomplishes its mission through:
- Deep study of the past – both the society in which we find ourselves and societies that span the globe – using the particular skills of historical thinking
- Careful attention to evidence, drawn from a wide variety of source material
- Thoughtful and persuasive use of information to construct arguments about how and why societies change
- Sensitive reflection on how one’s faith commitment shapes and enhances one’s understanding of the past
- Consistent development in clear communication, both written and verbal
In Intercultural Studies the department accomplishes its mission through:
- An interdisciplinary approach to encountering the broad scope of human cultures.
- Developing an understanding of foreign cultures and/or cultural diversity in students' own society.
- Developing and practicing oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
- Developing skills in discerning the needs of and working with diverse groups.