Studying History offers you access, skills,
and opportunity. Studying History provides access to the
whole worldnot just to the past (as fascinating
as that can be), but to the present that grew out of the
past. Studying History teaches you vital, widely applicable
skillsresearch, analysis, and communication. And
studying History will help you build a careeranything
from business to government to education to the law, and
beyond. The following links give various perspectives
on the intellectual importance of history. For more on
the various career options open to history majors, please
see the linked essays on the Careers
Here are some good starting points for exploring
in more detail why you should major in History.
A dozen leading historians
try to answer the question, "Why
Become a Historian?"
Gerald W. Schlabach, a professor of
theology, lists the components that make up "A
Sense of History."
Here are some more theoretical reflections
on the significance and practice of history as a discipline.
Inaugural Lecture on the Study of History (1906)
The Discourse of History (1981)
Any Resemblance to Persons Living or Dead (1987)
Louis 0. Mink, Modes
of Comprehension and the Unity of Knowledge (1987)