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Why study history?
Department of History
History Careers

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
  • Journalists
  • Documentary Editors
  • Producers of Multimedia Material

Historians as Information Managers

  • Archivists
  • Records Managers
  • Librarians
  • Information Managers

Historians as Advocates

  • Lawyers and Paralegals
  • Litigation Support
  • Legislative Staff 
  • Foundations

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.

 

Other sources: The Historical Association (U.K.) and the American Historical Association

 

May 23rd, 2013

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