- Major Name: History
- Degree Program: Arts and Sciences
- Degree Designation: AA
- College / School: Liberal Arts
Why study history? To major in versatility.
History is more than names and dates. It’s about learning how we have been shaped by the past and how to apply historical knowledge and analysis to issues facing contemporary societies.
A history degree prepares you for a modern economy with analytical skills and a deeper understanding of how the world works.
History majors learn to take nothing for granted, and the historical perspective that they acquire enables them to position themselves (professionally and in private life) in ways that enable them to use their acquired skills effectively.
Historians ask: What are the causes of today’s global conflicts? How does technological and economic change affect the lives of ordinary people? How have our institutions and ideas developed over time? By studying history, you’ll probe the how and why of events, and above all ask “so what?” You’ll examine a range of historical perspectives that will help you develop the essential tools for being an effective and engaged citizen of the world.
In order to earn an Associate of Arts degree in Arts and Sciences with a major in History, a student must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of required and elective course work.
A history degree trains you to analyze evidence, develop conclusions based on that evidence and communicate those conclusions clearly in both written and oral form. These skills (critical analysis, organizing bodies of information, writing succinctly and effective oral expression) provide a foundation for a variety of public and private sector jobs that value clear thinking and effective communication. Many history majors go into teaching, law, business, public administration or graduate study, but a range of opportunities exist.