Why study history?
The answer is because we virtually must, to gain access to the laboratory of human experience. When we study it reasonably well, and so acquire some usable habits of mind, as well as some basic data about the forces that affect our own lives, we emerge with relevant skills and an enhanced capacity for informed citizenship, critical thinking, and simple awareness.”
-Peter Stearns, American Historical Association. Read more
Pursue Knowledge: Change Your World
The perspectives, content, and skills you will gain as a History major or minor will improve your understanding of the complex global world around you and strengthened your professional abilities in many areas.
Employers, whether in business, government, education, international organization, or any other field, are looking for employees who can read carefully, write clearly, think logically, learn independently, work with people across cultural and geographical perspectives, and analyze problems within the appropriate critical contexts.
The study of history cultivates all of these skills as well as your pathways of humanistic empathy and understanding of the world around you, your scientific skills of objective investigation, and your creative skills of expression and interpretation. Most people will work in half a dozen different jobs in their lifetime, putting a premium on those people who possess critical thinking skills and can process, analyse, and effectively communicate information and ideas both in writing and public presenting.
Our UCCS History major will prepare you for these experiences and will open doors to life and career opportunities for your future.
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