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A History Degree: A Degree For Your Future
Not a Thing of the Past
The term history is defined as "the study of the past. It comes from the Greek word ἱστορία which means "inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation." It means that history is subject that examines and investigates events of the past. In my own personal opinion, I define history as a story of a particular subject. This particular major is one of those major's that you would got some flank from family. You would be asked, "What kind of job would you get with a history?" Just take a deep breathe, relax and calmly explain to your doubters about the wonderful opportunities that a degree in history has to offer.
As a student a with history major, there certain things that you need to be prepared for. First of all, you would be doing at a lot of research papers. There was a time where I had 2 or 3 research papers at the same time. Some professor might want you to include an ancient source. An ancient source is a source that is written an ancient historian. Like another college major, you would be doing a lot of reading. Your textbooks would not be the only thing that you would be reading even though you would be assigned certain reading assignments. Books from different authors to internet sources is a range of reading material you would come accustom to as a history major. Finally, the history you might study could range from prehistoric times to today. Some of your courses could be centric or centered to the local area where your would pursing your degree.
If you plan on attending graduate school to pursue a much higher degree in History, here what you must know. Research your intended graduate school's history program and their requirements. A history major can earn a variety of job skills that he or she could include covers letters, job applications and resumes. Obviously, one of those job skills for history majors to gain is research. For example, you're pursuing a career in education, law,etc. You would have to research past events or a past court case as part of your job. You might have a hard finding a job in academic field. So, you could supplement your income by working in other fields while you're an adjunct or part time professor .
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Careers and Jobs For Your Future
Business: administration, analyst, banker, broker, businessperson, consultant, insurance agent, manager, marketing, owner, restaurateur, travel agent
Creative: Actor, artist, musician
Education: Archivist, educator, historian, professor, researcher, research assistant, teacher
Government: Agent, lobbyist, military, politician
Law: Advocate, aide, attorney, hearing officer, judge, lawyer, litigator, mediator, paralegal
Media: Advertising, corespondent, copywriter, DJ,editor, filmmaker, heritage, indexer, journalist, librarian, public commentary, publishing, reporter, researcher, writer
Politics: Adviser, campaign manager, consultant, diplomat, legistator, lobbyist, mayor, political scientist, public official
Service: city planner, clergy, coordinator, counselor, labor relations specialist, public opinion interviewer, survey worker, volunteer
Famous History Majors
- George W. Bush
- John F. Kennedy
- Woodrow Wilson
- Richard Nixon
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Charlie Rose
- Bill O'Reilly
- Martha Stewart
History Major Links
- Brown University
Brown University, founded in 1764, is a member of the Ivy League and recognized for the quality of its teaching, research, and unique curriculum. Providence, RI.
- Stanford University
Stanford University, one of the world's leading teaching and research institutions, is dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.
- Yale University
Since its founding in 1701, Yale University has been dedicated to expanding and sharing knowledge, inspiring innovation, and preserving cultural and scientific information for future generations.
- Home | Princeton University
Through teaching and research, we educate people who will contribute to society and develop knowledge that will make a difference in the world.
- Harvard University
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. Harvard University is made up of 11 principal academic units.
- History Major Skills List
The top skills employers seek when hiring History majors to use in resumes, cover letters, job applications and interviews.