History is the study of the past. However, in an ever increasingly global world where the only constant is change, the study of the past necessitates an understanding beyond the mere recollection of it. At its core, history is a foundational part of the educational process. It pushes us to question the connections between arguments and evidence. It necessitates thoughtful reflection and the evaluation of events, people, and values outside of our own experience. It challenges us to confront the complexity and ambiguity inherent in every human civilization. It compels us to address the relationship between cause and effect, actions with intentions both benign and malevolent, and unanticipated consequences. It is a pursuit of knowledge that borrows techniques and ideas from all corners of academia to address topics from all places and eras. Students in history courses develop these critical skills by analyzing source material, learning to appreciate interdisciplinary debates, exploring research questions, and communicating their findings in a clear and persuasive manner. Students develop and refine these skills over the course of their upper school experience. Courses require students to think independently and creatively, stand apart from their assumptions and preconceptions, and to view the world critically and analytically. Our goal is to develop independent thinkers who are prepared to pursue education or employment in any field or profession.