Through our course offerings, the History Department attempts to provide the necessary balance between required survey courses and electives geared toward satisfying individual student preferences. In addition to basic texts, a wide range of readings and classroom activities are assigned. Visual aids are employed where appropriate. Through work in history and social studies, students learn to use a variety of sources, both primary and secondary, as a basis for lively classroom discussion and problem-oriented research. This approach provides valuable training in clear thinking, effective speaking and orderly writing.