Studying history will give you research, analytical and problem-solving skills, and hone your writing abilities.
Memorial's History Department also delivers a variety of the research/writing courses required for the BA degree, courses which not only serve as a foundation for upper level courses in history (which generally have a core essay requirement), but as a basis for many employment opportunities.
Studying history is very practical, because it involves:
- Learning about people - how they interact, the motives and emotions that can tear people apart into rival factions or help them to work together for a common cause (useful knowledge for team-building at work!)
- Learning about countries, societies and cultures - so many of today's conflicts and alliances have their roots in the past; how can you negotiate with, trade successfully with, or report on a country if you know nothing of its history?
- Learning to locate and sift facts - to identify truth and recognise myth, propaganda and downright lies (useful in every aspect of life!)
- Presenting what you've learned in a way that makes sense to others - whether in graphs, essays or illustrated reports - and having the confidence to defend your findings.
With your degree in history you can be an educator, researcher, communicator or editor, information manager, advocate, or even a businessperson.
Here is a brief list of the career opportunities available to the undergraduate history major:
Historians as Educators
- Elementary Schools
- Secondary Schools
- Postsecondary Education
- Historic Sites and Museums
Historians as Researchers
- Museums and Historical Organizations
- Cultural Resources Management and Historic Preservation
- Think Tanks
Historians as Communicators
- Writers and Editors
- Documentary Editors
- Producers of Multimedia Material
Historians as Information Managers
- Records Managers
- Information Managers
Historians as Advocates
- Lawyers and Paralegals
- Litigation Support
- Legislative Staff
Historians in Businesses and Associations
- Historians in Corporations
- Contract Historians
- Historians in Nonprofit Associations
For more about career opportunities for history majors in Canada, please visit the Canadian Historical Association's career page here.