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Old January 13th, 2016, 04:06 AM   #1

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So I Want To Be A Historian. But First I have a couple of questions...
1. Do I Need To Take And Pass AP-Reading And Writing?
2. What Type Of Collage Degree Do I Need?
3. Where Do I Start?
So Please Give A Brother Some Help And Drop The Answers Down Below.
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Old January 13th, 2016, 07:57 AM   #2

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What history do you intend to specialize in? Whatever history you study, the ability to read multiple languages will certainly be required. If you want to study say Japanese history, you're best off studying a Japanese language degree, then pursuing history at a post-graduate level. If you intend to study English or American history, you can pursue a history degree and acquire reading languages at a post-graduate level. You'll traditionally do an undergraduate, masters then doctorate, then seek work in academia, but, whilst its wise to at least examine post-graduate opportunities now, you never know precisely where you're going to be able to go and what you'll be able to study (mainly due to funding), so I'd suggest working towards your bachelors first, learn how to study history, look into undergraduate research opportunities (conferences and journals) and build up a platform for post-graduate study in the future.

Becoming a historian, or indeed an academic in any field, is not easy. Competition is fierce and job opportunities are slim, so there's a lot of negativity surrounding prospective academics. You have to be very committed and very passionate, or otherwise very mad to seriously pursue this career path. Most of us on this track generally fall more towards the 'mad' end of the spectrum
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Old January 13th, 2016, 08:50 AM   #3

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Most people with a history degree end up teaching history to those who will end up teaching history to those who...
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Most professors need a PhD. You do not not necessarily need to take an .A.P., but it helps...you would start by researching on your own...
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