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A knowledge of history is essential for an understanding of the present. Who are we and how did we get here? History is the ever-changing process by which we in the present try to understand our parents, grandparents, and previous generations in the past. In what ways were they similar and how did they differ from us? History means seeking out sources that speak to us about the peoples and cultures that came before us. It is a dynamic process with ever-new discoveries and meanings. In studying history you acquire skills, including seeking out source material, evaluating and analyzing evidence, and presenting sound arguments based on your findings. You experience the excitement of discovery.

The Mills history curriculum is designed to provide you with a broad background in the human past and the skills of doing historical research and analysis. Historical study fosters skills and habits of mind crucial to careers in law, political advocacy, journalism, teaching, museums, and business. Our graduates in history have pursued careers in all these areas, as well as continuing their studies in graduate and professional schools. The faculty in history is composed of specialists in modern European history, 19th- and 20th-century US history, and East Asian history.

Mills College’s innovative Bachelor’s-to-Master’s Accelerated Degree Programs allow you to earn a master’s degree in one additional year of study. Combining a master’s degree with a liberal arts undergraduate education prepares you for career success and increased options upon graduation. Mills students in this major should consider one of these options:
Business Management (MBA)
Teacher Education
Interdisciplinary Computer Science
Public Policy

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Last Updated: 6/22/17