History is a set of evolving rules and tools that allow us to interpret the past with clarity, rigor, and an appreciation for interpretative debate. It requires evidence, sophisticated use of information, and a deliberative stance to explain change and continuity over time. As a profoundly public pursuit, history is essential to active and empathetic citizenship and requires effective communication to make the past accessible to multiple audiences. As a discipline, history entails a set of professional ethics and standards that demand peer review, citation, and toleration for the provisional nature of knowledge.
—American Historical Association Tuning Project: History Discipline Core
Diverse career options
Many history and social studies majors enter careers in education as teachers or administrators. But history majors also work in a number of other professions, incorporating their writing, analytical, and research skills. Our graduates are employed as attorneys, ministers, editors, judges, librarians, counselors, business managers, professional historians, and non-profit directors. A number of our graduates have pursued advanced degrees in history, heritage studies, or law.
Whichever course you decide to follow, your degree will expand your knowledge base and provide a set of highly valued skills that will enrich your life.