They say that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it, luckily historians dedicate their lives to just that — studying the past. The timeline of human history is filled with countless events, from revolutions to life-changing inventions. Historians study countless eras and cultures, always seeking to better understand what life was like in the past. Students who choose to pursue this major will likely pick a focus (a region, a time period, or even a specific event), learn about the evolution of different civilizations, study wars and movements, and earn a greater appreciation for where humanity has been, and how far it’s come.
Since history is an enormously diverse topic, the courses for the major are just as varied. Even if the student has chosen a focus, they will likely take classes that cover a range of other events. Classes can include: World War II, Asian history, American Civil War, the age of exploration, African history, Greco-Roman influences, and many others. Students in the major usually learn a different language, write research papers, and do lots of reading. Those attracted to the history major tend to be curious, organized, good readers and writers, have an open-mind, and enjoy travel.
After graduation, history majors can pursue a number of careers including: foreign service agent, history professor, legislative analyst, writer, politician, or museum curator. Much can be learned from the past, and historians are the interpreters and teachers. One of Confucius’ sayings was, “Study the past if you would define the future,” most historians would probably agree with him.
History fun fact: In 1932, Australian ex-army men used machine guns to fight a “war” against 20,000 emus. It’s arguable that the emus won.
Celebrities who studied History: Larry David, comedian, producer; Jimmy Buffett, singer-songwriter; Tony Danza, actor, producer; Janeane Garofalo, comedian, actress.
The average starting salary for a graduate with a bachelor's degree in History, General is $42,100