Why a Bachelor of Arts in History? The best
preparation for today’s college student is a liberal arts education. Compared
to someone narrowly trained in a specific technical field, a liberal arts
degree in history provides many advantages.
A degree in history provides general skills essential for any career, including
ability to read critically
flexible and look at issues with an open mind
become culturally competent given diversity in the workplace and a global
A degree in history provides specific skills, including
in distinguishing between serious and unserious, knowledge and myth
in sifting through masses of information to determine what matters through a
close reading of texts
in examining a wide variety of evidence into a coherent narrative
A degree in history allows
- understand change and how our society came to be
- see themselves and their society from different times and places, displaying a sense of cultural and historical identity
- participate knowledgeably in the affairs of the world around them, drawing upon understanding of the past.
The result? A degree in history gives you a broad
perspective and flexibility for many work situations and for good citizenship.
For more information, contact:
Michael Smuksta, Ph.D.
Chair, History Department