Why Study History
In survey after survey, employers stress the need for people who think critically and write well. Rather than seeking job-specific skills,today’s lean corporations look for flexible problem solvers:
“Employees with liberal arts majors have shown stronger management skills and have advanced further than those with other college majors.” – Bell Systems
“GM values a broad-based education that cultivates creative, analytical, and communication skills and encourages self-motivation, persistence, and self-discipline.” – General Motors, which employs more than 1,000 history majors.
History graduates work as analysts in business in government, as researchers, public relations officers, editors, teachers, sales executives, and managers. History is a preferred pre-law major, and two Georgia Southern history professors are also attorneys who give students expert advice on choosing classes and getting into law school. History majors also go to graduate schools in business, public administration, information science, education, and journalism, in addition to history.
History prepares students for careers in public history, including archival management, museum curatorship, and historic preservation.
More than dates and events, history gives us a broader view of our world. By understanding how people thought and acted across the ages in the different parts of the world, we can better understand the events of today and how we can influence tomorrow.
History majors analyze and interpret information, write and share ideas about why events happened and develop the knowledge and skills that help them to succeed in today’s workplace.
Last updated: 12/7/2014