The origins of the universe, how we emerged as humans, the histories of civilizations, a family tree and childhood memories all share something very important: a discovery of the past. Traditions, biographies, personal narratives and the fleeting, troubling sensations of the déjà vu interact with a collective desire to document the facts. What do we know, and how do we know it? Who are we, and from where do we come? Every idea has origins, every person ancestries.

Religion. Evolution. Politics. Music. Physics. Sculpture. War. These are among the collective histories that inform our futures. But, there is more. Yesterday has come and gone. We remember, and sometimes we weep. We do not always enjoy knowing what really happened. Such are our struggles, embattled and embroiled, awaiting anxiously.

Where to from here? The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies; College of Integrated Sciences and Arts; American Indian Studies; New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences; and School of Human Evolution and Social Change show how what happened in politics, science, the arts and our lives are relevant.

History lives well in the moment.


American Indian Studies at ASU is grounded in the experiences of American Indian nations, communities and peoples from American Indian perspectives.
The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) explores all aspects of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (or Early Modern period) across cultures, disciplines, and geographical locations.
ASU’s College of Integrative Sciences and Arts develops master learners, interdisciplinarians, and integrative solutions-makers who are future-ready, through degree programs that emphasize innovative teaching and applied, often project-based, learning.
ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, located within a dynamic 21st-century research university.
The New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is the driving force behind the forward-thinking philosophy and culture at ASU's West campus, combining the benefits of a liberal arts education with a responsiveness to the demands of the 21st-century workforce.
Project for Writing and Recording Family History supports and inspires individuals who want to bring the stories of the past to life and begin to record their own stories for future generations.
At the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, we explore our diverse heritage, traditions, beliefs and history, and express their relevance through application in every day life.
The School of Human Evolution and Social Change explores the human experience across time, cultures and disciplines.