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The main focus of the history department is to guide students towards a better understanding of the complexities and challenges of our modern world, the richness and importance of its past, and the diverse peoples and traditions that have shaped it. The department emphasizes the skills of careful reading, respectful, focused listening, critical research and analysis, thoughtful writing and speaking, as well as professionalism. The History sequence also aims to help students experience the joy of discovery that comes with robust inquiry, and offers students a wide array of opportunities to challenge their thinking and assumptions by hearing multiple perspectives.