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Why study History?
Historical knowledge is the basis for understanding today’s world. Studying history develops a wide range of applicable skills, including the capacity to think critically and independently, to develop and assess arguments and weigh up evidence, to engage in various kinds of research, to read, write and debate, and to utilize a variety of online and digital tools. These skills are widely sought by a range of employers in business, government, education, and beyond. They also provide a basis for further study, both in history and cognate fields.
Possible careers include
Graduates in history find careers as teachers, researchers, archivist or museums curator/specialists, media specialists, policy analysts, all levels of government, speech writers, consultants for tourism, and more.
Majors and elective modules to combine with History major include
Anthropology; Geography; Politics and International Relations; Philosophy and/or Religion, but can enrich almost any other discipline.
The skills which historians possess include the ability to conduct different kinds of research using archival, oral and literary sources, amongst others. Additionally, they possess the ability to read critically and write articulately, making and analysing arguments on the basis of evidence. These sought-after skills are crucia l for work in the fields of journalism, heritage practice, education, government/civil service as well as non-governmental and corporate work.