The Value of the History Major

The History major is one of the most in demand by employers. In general, a Liberal Arts major is very desirable on the job market. The skills you acquire as a History major are essential in any job, whether in grad school, in business, the law, journalism, sales, etc. The uses and value of the History Major are explained in several publications, especially the American Historical Association's Teaching and Learning web page, on which you can read Peter Stearns’ excellent article  “Why Study History?”.


The best way to make the most of your History major is to refine your reading and writing skills. Keeping a journal, reading beyond the curriculum-mandated books and articles, and keep abreast of the news are excellent ways to prepare you for the study of history. Get involved in departmental activities and student organizations. Complete an internship.


Your degree in History is highly desirable on the market. The writing, analytical, organizational, and critical thinking skills that you have developed mean that you know how to lead, process complex information, provide perspective, communicate effectively, and relate to others. Even if you take a job in a field other than history, you will always use the skills that you have learned through your major.


The National Association of Colleges and Employment finds that Liberal Arts majors earn as high if not higher salaries than STEM fields majors. It also finds that one does not need to graduate from an elite public flagship university to command a higher-paying first job.



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