Why study history? When students ask this question, there are usually at least two other questions implied: "How can it help me make a living?" and "How can history make me a better person?"
How can it help me make a living? Studying history conveys skills and knowledge that will contribute a great deal to your career. History majors pursue careers in politics, teaching, law, government, entertainment, and the business world. Famous history majors include Supreme Court justices Elena Kagan, Anthony Kennedy, and Sonia Sotomayor, Newt Gingrich, Robert Johnson (founder of BET), Susan Wojcicki (CEO of YouTube), Jimmy Buffett, and ESPN anchor Chris Berman.
Your history training will pay dividends. History majors earn as much as Business majors over the course of their professional lives, according to research. That's because the skills history teaches - critical thinking, data analysis, writing, and argument - prepare students to adapt and succeed in the rapidly-evolving employment marketplace.
How can history make me a better person? This question is even more important, since making a living is only part of one's life. History is the collective experience of humankind. It provides perspective and knowledge which helps us understand the present and it presents a hope that we may avoid mistakes made in the past. As the most wide-ranging of all academic disciplines, history helps satisfy the curious mind which is not content with the present, but must query the past and attempt to peer into the future. History teaches us to collect, analyze and use evidence; such a trained mind is the most practical tool available to the human race.
Declaring a Major: The principal advisors for the undergraduate program are Dr. Tamara Van Dyken and Dr. Jennifer Walton-Hanley. You may email them, sign up for an appointment with them in the department office, or call (270) 745-3841.
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