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Old January 4th, 2015, 09:20 PM   #1
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What can you do with a history degree?

What can you do with a history degree? What job ideas do you have
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Old January 5th, 2015, 01:50 AM   #2
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A history degree's not useful for any specific job but 'historian.' And maybe careers to do with political affairs, depending on how recent your speciality was. But the skills are transferable. It's very useful non-specifically.

Any job or employer that values analytical, organisational, and investigative skill will want history degrees. Or the 'hard' humanities. Legal professions regard it highly, as do politicians, bankers and public administrators (from civil servants all the way up to UN officials). A healthy number of top-levels CEOs and managers have history degrees, though that's less about the degree itself and more to do with abilities that enabled them to get it in the first place. It's also very very good for jobs in writing.

Don't try and go into the non-administrative or management side of industry with a history degree, though. Or anything that doesn'tinvolve analysis, logic, writing, or reasoning. It might get you a job on the basis of how much hard work it is, and the employer wants someone dedicated () but it's useless on its own and won't be of any help when in the job.

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Old January 5th, 2015, 07:51 AM   #3

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Politics, Journalism, Museology, Tourism related with history, Geography (at least imo, a history degree needs to know some more than the average Geography knowledge, and perhaps he can follow some Geography masters of something else similar).
Off course that's what I like to think...
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Old March 9th, 2015, 07:35 PM   #4

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There are a lot of federal gov't jobs that I know where there are people with history degrees, especially around the D.C. area.

A lot of people with history degrees in the State Department, with PhDs as analysts & a large number of Foreign Service Officers [FSOs] have at least a BA in history. Dept of Defense hires quite a few, I know on Ft Bragg we had a two-story building full of mostly PhDs in history & divided up based on region. They did 'area studies' for the most part. Where I worked for a few years--Int'l Trade Admin--we had mostly international affairs types, economists and lawyers. The last group had more than a few with BAs in history.

One thing you can do with a history degree is take jobs as a regional expert. I know someone at the US Dept of Transportation who had a BA in history and Russian. She got a position in some sort of international liaison office there and was finishing her PhD on the history of Soviet Railways of the 1930s or something like that.
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Quite a few of my friends who got their history degrees went on to Law school. Law schools love history students, as they have experience in both researching and writing, which is a big part of the job when you start out at a law firm.
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Old March 10th, 2015, 07:07 PM   #6

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Quite a few of my friends who got their history degrees went on to Law school. Law schools love history students, as they have experience in both researching and writing, which is a big part of the job when you start out at a law firm.
It was in the top 3 or 4 majors of my law class. I don't think major ior the ability to research/write had much to do with admittance; LSAT score & GPA are the main drivers. I just think more history majors apply to law school.
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Old May 26th, 2015, 02:19 PM   #7

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Well as long as you have a degree it will always help you. Most people do not even get a job or career what they got their degree on anyways.
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Old November 30th, 2015, 08:39 PM   #8

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Quite a few of my friends who got their history degrees went on to Law school. Law schools love history students, as they have experience in both researching and writing, which is a big part of the job when you start out at a law firm.
Yep. The best ones for LS are history, Latin, and philosophy.
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Old December 1st, 2015, 08:26 AM   #9

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It isn't so much what you can do with a degree in History, as what a degree in History will do for you. As a holder of a History degree, you should:

1. Be able to read and research complex materials quickly, efficiently and effectively. You will be able to weight and use the evidence by its type and sources.

2. You will be able to write clearly and to the point. Your assertions will be backed by evidence and reason. You will zero in on the important, while leaving the lesser data for footnotes.

3. Your analysis should be objective, logical, and appropriate to the problem. You will be able to distinguish the value of evidence, and use the evidence ably to make your point. You should be able to defend your thesis before a hostile audience with confidence, and in a persuasive manner.

4. History should teach you that there are very few definitive and final answers to questions where humans are involved. Knowing the limited extent of knowledge, your work will constantly be seeking to extend the envelope in hopes of slightly better "answers". That's, I suppose, another way of saying seeking a better understanding than your current model.

5. Humans are motivated by the same fundamentals in all times and places. Once the hierarchy of needs has been satisfied, people seek "more". More territory, wealth, fame, and power, are joined with envy, fear, and that favorite of all ... love. To understand behavior, you have to know something about what and how humans are motivated. While motives aren't part of the Corpus Delicti, you will ignore them at your peril.

6. Being trained as a historian you will have a better sense of how the present evolved from the past, and from that perhaps a better chance to forecast the near-term future. Ah, Casandra! History is, or should be humbling. We stand in the shadows of giants, of humans faced with almost insurmountable problems who through dedication, effort, and a little bit of luck survived and prospered where any sane person would give up. Our ancestors were no better than we are, but are we worthy of our heroes and the wisest?

Education, whatever the discipline, is not an end, but the beginning of a process by which the student transforms himself into something larger. A byproduct of education is responsibility for those who, for one reason or another, have a more limited sense of the world. The educated may become leaders within whatever career field they find themselves ... and sometimes our careers are more important in finding us, than in our finding our career.

Academic life, Law, Politics, and Religion are the traditional and most common fields where those trained as historians enter. Teaching History to High School students may lead to either sainthood or the asylum. High School history teachers tend to be unappreciated by students, parents, administrators, or community activists, and underpaid for their pain. If you teach High School classes you must be a masochist, or have an angel perched perpetually on your shoulder. Bless them, they need it.

Law and Politics are often so closely bound that they should probably be treated as one. Law and government are rooted in history, so those who have been trained as historians have an edge over retired surgeons. The Common Law is almost entirely about how justice evolved from Majesty to a system constantly changing to meet new challenges while polishing the Law's ability to deliver justice impartially. Historians should have a more sophisticated understanding of how the Common Law has evolved since Runnymede. Black Letter Law is the attempt to reduce Law to precise statements defining crime, administration of justice, and punishment. These aren't mutually exclusive, and they are best understood as a process that still continues in search of "perfection". History. As a member of the legal community, the best are constantly reading and studying legal texts and the history surrounding them. Law dogs who can't write, can't hunt.

The Pastoral life isn't so popular as it once was, but it is no less important for the decline in church membership. The troubled still need advice, a shoulder to lean on, and acceptance of how we humans can make failure out of certain success. To lead a congregation in troubled times is one of the highest callings one can have. It is demanding, and the challenge to modern educated people almost insurmountable, but the need for "spiritual" leadership and guidance by those well schooled in history, religion and philosophy has never been greater. This world changes almost at the speed of light, a world where information increases beyond the ability of even the greatest minds, causes common folk feel out of control, anxious and fearful of becoming nothing more than a cipher. The historically trained Pastor is a vital link between the People and the ineffable ... whether secular or divine ... or Buddhist.
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History is full of Crash Test Dummies. Meaning that neither you nor society needs to keep on making the same mistakes.
I had no real formal education but if I had, I hope I would have chosen History.

If only Parliament or Congress had a decent quantity of historians in them.
History give you the ablilty to search, as much as any sleuth might.

Without Cromwell and his fellow shades, I'd be lost.
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