The study of history helps us to appreciate the complexities of the human past and the connections between the past and the present. History courses also help students to develop analytical, interpretive, and evaluative skills. Students in history courses learn how to locate and analyze many types of evidence, from ancient texts recorded on clay tablets or papyrus scrolls to more modern manuscripts, published documents, photographs, audio recordings, and motion pictures. They also learn to use the evidence they have analyzed to construct historical interpretations and to evaluate the interpretations of other scholars. Participation in frequent class discussions and the writing of numerous papers help history majors to hone their communication skills.