Elia Jefferson-Gonzalez is a third year student in the School of Arts & Sciences majoring in History. She says studying history allows you to explore the historical significance of modern society today. Her choice not only stems from her love for the subject since middle school, but also from her desire to become a civil rights attorney.
“I feel like understanding history really allows you to understand the fundamentals of law in American society because everything that took place in our social structure ultimately affected the ways in which law was created.”
For Elia, the course “Global Civilizations” with Professor Bonnie Smith assured her this was the right path to go down. She now applies what she learns to battle social issues on campus as President of the Latin American Women’s Organization. She also realized that history would teach her the significance of her own identity.
When asked if a first year student were to ask her why majoring in history is worth it, she replied:
First choose what you love, then figure out how you can apply what you love to what you do. So, if you love knowing the historical significance of human existence, and knowing how that could apply to anything you want to do, whether it be research, writing, law, public policy or urban planning, there’s definitely those opportunities in the history department.”