History is the study of the past. The study of history involves the political, economic, social, cultural, and demographic understanding of human civilizations. History is unique: no field of knowledge is alien to it since history encompasses all knowledge about the past. The study of history is a supportive and integrative discipline, designed to broaden our knowledge of the past, to support study in other areas, and to bring to bear the discipline of history in other fields of knowledge. Through study of the past, we acquire familiarity with the great tradition of human values and human dignity. The study of history helps us to become moral, literate, humane, compassionate, knowledgeable people who recognize that we cannot deal with the present or prepare to cope with the future without an understanding of the past. History helps us to gain familiarity with the great traditions of past civilizations, human values, and human dignity.
Department of Merced College offers courses in California history,
United States history, the history of the Americas, the history of
civilizations, concentrations in European history, Asian history, and
courses in the history of minority populations,