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Why study history?
Peter Stearns’ answer
William McNeill’s answer
What can I do with a degree in history?
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Why History?

“The past is never dead,” once wrote William Faulkner. “It’s not even past.” History is not a static account of past deeds but a dynamic process of interpreting the past — a process that constantly changes and shapes how we consider the present.

To be a historian is to critically analyze sources, to appreciate the complexity of historical issues, to consider the multiplicity of historical views, and to communicate effectively. Just as important, a historian studies people — interesting people doing interesting things, from a huge variety of backgrounds and contexts. The intellectual discipline of history, then, makes us better citizens, better interpreters of the world around us, better informed and more responsible members of the larger human community.

History majors also cultivate the important skills that are required in any aspect of modern professional life. Our majors have pursued productive careers in business, law, government, teaching, nonprofits, journalism, and public history. Leaders of these institutions demand people who can read efficiently, write effectively, sift through information, and solve problems. A history major does not necessarily train you to do a single job well — it trains you to do any job well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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