Why study HISTORY?
The History major offers an excellent education in writing clearly, thinking analytically and reading with curiosity. In addition to introducing students to peoples, ideas, and cultures that may be unfamiliar, the study of history helps put our own world into perspective. Because the past is as big as the world itself, it offers something for everyone.
"History is always changing, and that is one reason why historians love what they do. It's not just that the historical record is being written every day, as we live it; it's also that our understanding of what's important in history, and why, changes too, along with the sources we use. Material culture and visual culture, including film, are texts that open worlds beyond writing to historical study. Learning to analyze evidence and write historical analysis is one of the best ways to develop your mind. Come and try it!"
-Dr. Susan Mann, UC Davis History Department Chair
Career options for HISTORY majors
An undergraduate History degree has many advantages that will help prepare students for a variety of different careers. The market for teachers in primary and secondary schools remains strong in many locations, and students with a solid background in history will be well-suited to pursue teaching credentials in subjects such as history, social studies, government, political science, and humanities.
The rigorous research and writing requirements asked of history majors also offer excellent preparation for careers in law, journalism, public relations, technical writing, fundraising and nonprofit work, consulting, museum and archival management, government service, and many other fields.
For more information, check out the American Historical Association's miniguide Careers for History Majors.