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Why History? The Department of History has been an integral part of the curriculum at Vanderbilt since the university was founded in 1873. The study of history provides key foundational skills that give a tremendous competitive advantage in almost any professional opportunity. In a world in which many of us will change careers several times throughout our lives, these foundational skills provide precious flexibility and broad applicability.


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