The study of history involves an understanding and appreciation of our cultural heritage, whether ancient or modern, eastern or western, humanistic or technological. It seeks to appreciate the values of our global civilization in its many parts. The study of history stresses the importance of the historical perspective for understanding contemporary social, political, technological, and economic problems. History depends upon the skills of communication. Knowledge has limited value unless it can be conveyed by word or picture, sight or sound. Studying history enables students to develop their creative and analytical powers, to learn the methodology of the discipline, to apply insights from other fields of thought, and to develop an understanding of a particular historical era. History as a discipline is also committed to the liberal arts as the basic core of human knowledge. It contributes to the development of the individual's intellectual skills in preparation for employment. In addition, it encourages the creative and flexible thinking necessary to live in tomorrow's world of continuing change. Finally, the study of history can motivate students to pursue independent learning after college. It is essential that students appreciate the certainty of continuing change, develop the intellectual skills to respond to that change, and maintain a value system which enable them to understand the world and involve themselves in it. Our mission is to graduate a liberally educated person who can view the world with a historical perspective, appreciate the traditions of various cultures, understand the role of change and continuity, and have interests encompassing humanities, social sciences, fine arts, and natural sciences. The history graduate should leave UNF with the ability to evaluate the world critically and with an understanding that education is a never-ending process.
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