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History is the study of how we interpret the past - a way of understanding the political systems, economies and social structures of our own culture as well as others. It can help you to place what's happening around you today in perspective, to appreciate the origins of our laws and social institutions, to trace the roots of contemporary problems. Since the study of history involves researching evidence that is, for the most part, written, it can help you develop your research, reading, writing and analytical skills. The history department at St. Thomas offers majors and honours programmes with specific strengths in global history and the histories of western Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, Canada and the United States.