Why study History
Why study History
1) Research skills:
History students develop superior research skills through exploring primary and secondary sources. Mastering the use of search engines, databases, archival collections and other such domains, they provide employers with the means to locate a wide variety of information on virtually any topic.
2) Organizational skills:
History students develop strong organizational skills by arranging vast amounts of information to present explanations of complex issues, events and themes.
3) Analytical skills:
History students learn to assess the strength of different types of information, both to advance and criticize arguments. They become experts at explaining the “who, what, when, how, and why” of a topic. This allows them to deepen their understanding of a particular subject and explain how it is relevant.
4) Writing skills:
History students spend a lot of time working on essays and are thus able to develop excellent writing skills. They must present clear and credible arguments supported by strong documentation, and they must provide evidence for their argument in a logical and convincing manner.
5) Public speaking skills:
History students are often called upon to present their work in class, at conferences, and before other public forums. They gain valuable speaking experience both in conveying and defending their interpretations.
The skills history students acquire and hone are fundamental to success in numerous careers. In some cases, students build upon these competencies to enter professional programs, such as law and education. Historians can be found in all manner of careers because their skills are highly transferable. Highly successful people who got their start by studying history can be found working in media, archives, museums, think tanks, universities, and government.