Why this Major?
Skills learned in the history program (analytical skills in reading, thinking, and writing) are applicable to a wide range of jobs in both the public and private sector. Moreover, these skills the basis to learning more skills. History majors who start with entry-level jobs in any area will quickly move up to middle and upper management positions; adaptability to the constantly changing demands of the 21st century economy requires a high learning curve which is the sine qua non of this major.
Assignments in class stress critical writing and speaking. Examples: take-home or in-class essay exams, short papers on readings or film (3 to 5 pages), short reaction pieces or “thinkpieces” (1 to 2 pages), oral presentations, class participation.