There has been a debate over whether university students should be required to take history courses regardless of their specialties. Some maintain that only history major students should take history courses; others believe that history courses should be compulsory courses that all students must take. As far as I am concerned, I am with the point that every university student must take history courses for the following reasons.
First and foremost, history is the pride of the country with over two thousand years' civilization. We should learn more about our motherland, which is regarded as an act of patriotism. Last semester we had a seminar about the history, which was attended by both local and foreign students. One student from a European country talked a lot about the industrialization process of my country, and when he finished every one, including me, could not believe that he is a from another country. I also feel that I would be ashamed if I came to an American university where my American classmates know more about my country than I do.
Second, history repeats. History is the record of what happened in the past, and learning of past sheds light on what may happen in the future. This is particularly true when it comes to the necessity of learning from mistakes. We all have made mistakes, but there is nothing wrong with that. What matters is that we should make efforts not to make the same mistakes again. Like a mirror, history tells us about the past, and warns of the risks. No wonder some famous politicians are historians, such as Winston Churchill who was a renowned scholar with a number of publications on English history.
As discussed above, history is of importance, and should be a mandatory course to university students who are supposed to be the hopes for their country in today's world. Currently in this economic downturn, we are experiencing a hard time, but we can learn from the past and be stronger and wiser in order to go it through as quickly as possible.