Social and Historical Studies (SHS)

About Social and Historical Studies (SHS)

Social and Historical Studies encompasses social science and humanities courses in the History and Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies majors of IAS. Investigation into diverse experiences and conditions over time and place provide a common framework, with particular attention paid to race, class, ethnicity and gender, and to how people shape their destinies.

Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies (EGL) major

The Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies major examines how communities form and are transformed, with a focus on the relationship between social class, race and ethnicity, and gender.

Public History minor

This minor introduces students to the field of public history, which trains historians to be active participants in society using new and innovative methods to convey history to a wide range of audiences. They strive to teach the value of history and the need to learn about the past to better understand the present and shape the future.

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History major

As a student of History, you will learn to understand chronology and cause and effect reasoning - skills that are essential in all fields of research. You will learn how to gather information from primary and secondary sources, cull and analyze that information and identify its most significant aspects, reach conclusions based on that analysis, and produce well-written narratives and oral presentations relating the contents and results of their work.

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