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Why History

History majors become good writers and effective speakers. They know how to use evidence and argument to support their point of view. They also understand the importance of placing current events into historical perspective.

History majors go on to work in law and business, public service (including politics, public administration, and the foreign service), college and secondary teaching, the military, newspapers, museums and libraries. They work as editors, archivists, administrators, curators, historic preservation specialists, writers, public policy analysts and historians. Some work in the production of historical documentaries in television, radio and film.

For more information, please see the "Why Study History?" page on the American Historical Association's website and "Careers for History Majors." Also see the links below.


"New York Times: Your College Major May Not Be as Important as You Think"