What is history?

History is the study of past human experience. It encourages students to have a solid understanding of and interest in U.S. and World History, as well as a sense of the complexities of human experience.

Why should I consider majoring in history?

The history major teaches students to read and write well. History teaches students to communicate publicly and participate in small teams. History students gain knowledge of doing research in a university and discussing history on a general, political, social and moral level. History Education majors develop a sizeable repertoire of lessons, pedagogies and teaching approaches that are appropriate for teaching history at the secondary level.

What interests and values are related to history?

History students usually enjoy analyzing ideas and information. They are good at writing and presenting information, and interpreting and explaining events and ideas. In history it is important to examine evidence, see relationships between factors and make decisions. History helps students develop a new view of the world, explaining the present by referring to the past. Many history students also develop administrative skills.

What career fields are related to history?

  • Anthropologist
  • Archivist
  • Biographer
  • Counselor
  • Curator
  • FBI/CIA Agent
  • Genealogist
  • Historian
  • Historic Preservation Specialist
  • Historic Site Tour Guide
  • Historical Society Staff Member
  • International Relations Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Lecturer
  • Librarian,
  • Museum Technician & Specialist
  • Peace Corps Worker
  • Secondary Education teacher (social sciences)
  • Urban Planner
  • Writer/Author

How can I learn more about history?

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Contact Source:

College of Language and Letters Academic Discovery Center

Location: Smith 269

Phone: 208-496-9860

Email: CLLacademicdiscoverycenter@byui.edu