The program in History is designed to assist all students to develop an understanding of the varied eras of humankind's social and cultural heritage. As a major, History prepares students to teach social studies or go into the general business, management, and civil service fields open to liberal arts graduates. The History major is also frequently used as a preliminary step toward professional training in law, library science, the ministry, or advanced degrees in History. In recent years, students have also pursued careers in museums, archives, archaeology, and historic preservation. In addition to its standard course offerings, the program in History provides opportunities for independent study, internships, travel courses, and seminars.