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The history major prepares students for a range of career opportunities in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Our graduates work in the teaching profession, in museums and archives, and in the expanding field of historical preservation. Many go on to graduate programs at universities around the country. The history major also offers an excellent general background for more specialized training in fields such as law and journalism.
More generally, students who major in history acquire valuable skills such as critical thinking, communications (speaking and writing), analytic reasoning, and research that they can transfer to many different job settings. Our students develop the ability to locate, organize, and evaluate information; analyze the global context of situations and decisions; recognize the role of the United States in the world; and understand cultural diversity.
Employers value the kind of strong general education that UNCG’s History Department offers.
A 2009 study conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities titled “Raising the Bar: Employers’ Views on College Learning in the Wake of the Economic Downturn” found employers identifying many of these skills offered by the history major as greatly needed in the 21st-century workplace. (You can download the survey here.)
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