Welcome to the History program at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
Members of the faculty are committed to engaging you in historical study as an essential part of your lifelong learning. It is through a better understanding of the past that we can make more informed decisions and actions not only in our personal lives but also publicly, both locally and globally.
Because history informs life and life makes history, as Nietzsche recognized, the study of history is as much interpretation as it is science. The ancient Greeks, in fact, gave the study of history its own muse, Clio (depicted above). The muse of History speaks from within us. Who we are and where we stand affects how we see the past. Yet, as we study the stories of diverse peoples who lived in the past as well as contemporary historians' narratives, we can revisit our own perspective of the past in order to make it richer, more complex, and more nuanced. This more informed view of diverse human experiences and societies will no doubt influence how we move in the world today.