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What is History?

To study history is to evaluate stories told about past events. Just as several witnesses of a car accident will tell the story of what happened from a different angle, people who wrote about past events at the time they occurred only tell us one version of events. In order to gain a full picture of any past event, we must compare and contrast multiple sources from multiple perspectives. For more on the strengths of a history degree, see Jim Grossman, "History Isn't a 'Useless' Major." 

History at CNM 

Boyhood of Raleigh
Most of us enjoy stories, whether from books, the big screen, or from family members. Stories help us identify with others and understand our place within our communities, nations, and the larger world.

CNM's History program helps you develop the skill of historical thinking. You will strengthen your abilities in critical analysis and effective communication as you evaluate primary and secondary sources that tell the story of the past. The skills associated with the process of historical thinking prepare you to contribute to the wider community and to succeed in the workforce--whatever your chosen career path may be.

At CNM, you will study the history of a wide range of places and time periods. Our faculty have research and teaching expertise in cultural, economic, intellectual, political, and social history and their interests range from ancient history, through the medieval and early modern era, to the present.

History courses are also an integral part of the CNM Liberal Arts curriculum. If you prefer an online, accelerated degree program, please check out the Fast Track Online Liberal Arts Degree. Interdisciplinary degrees, such as the Associate of Arts in Latin American Studies, include strong history components as well. 

Why History?

History courses satisfy humanities requirements for several programs of study and also are accepted as electives. Our department also offers an Associate of Arts in History. To learn more about the specific strengths of the AA in History, read the degree profile

In addition to completing credits toward a degree, you will develop a better understanding of the value of the past. Learning about the past provides us with the background to compare our times and our concerns with those of people who lived before us, to understand historical change, and how the world that we live in came to be.

Additionally, this PowerPoint presentation used in a recent lunchtime advisement session provides details about the skills, education pathways, and careers available to history majors. (Full-time instructor Kara Carroll created the PowerPoint.)