History majors improve and increase their knowledge of the past through traditional and project-based courses. Students develop historical empathy, the ability to ask historical questions, and the skills to research political, social, cultural, environmental, and economic topics. Courses emphasize critical thinking, digital skills, and written and oral expression. Many courses allow students to use historical knowledge to inform modern decision-making and solve real-world problems. Our graduate program prepares students for careers in public history with hands-on, project-based research and public engagement. Students can work with the Public Lands History Center that aims to use history to shed light on contemporary problems related to the management and protection of protected areas, historic places, and habitat.