Courses in History prepare students to analyze the past and compare with the present world; history courses help prepare students to learn about other groups and histories to create a well-rounded citizen. In history courses, students recognize patterns and changes over time; contextualize primary and secondary sources; conduct independent research and build effective arguments; think critically; and argue and write clearly and persuasively.
Historians work to help their communities understand the importance the past plays in the present. Students can combine history degrees with work in archival management or library and information science and pursue careers in archives, museums, and libraries. Of course, many history majors choose to share their love of history with others as teachers at the secondary or college level.