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What is History?

The study of the past broadens our perspective and allows us to discover the essential elements of human existence. Besides preparing students for careers in government service, law, teaching, business, advertising, and journalism, an education in history can lead to a variety of enriching careers. Positions that attract history majors will likely require some of the following qualifications: experience, extensive knowledge of a particular time period or region, the ability to communicate with diverse groups of people, and good writing and research skills. The term historian covers a broad range of career options and job settings. In general, historians study, assess, and interpret the past to determine what happened and why. They examine court documents, diaries, letters, and newspaper accounts; they conduct research, write, teach evaluate, and make recommendations. They interview individuals and study archeological and artifactual evidence. Schools, universities, libraries, and museums, government offices, and private enterprise are some of the job settings for history majors. 

CWU Department of History

Related Career Titles
Some of these jobs require education beyond the bachelor's degree.
BiographerClergyCommunity Relations Director
Congressional AideConsumer AdvocateCounselor
EditorPsychologistPublic Relations Specialist
Research AssistantSociologistFBI / CIA Agent
Foreign News CorrespondentForeign Service OfficerGenealogist
Government OfficialHistorianHistoric Preservationist
Historic Site Tour GuideHistorical Society StaffIndicter
Insurance Agent / BrokerIntelligence AnalystInternational Relations
Teacher, Social StudiesTechnical WriterTravel Agent
Legal Assistant / ParalegalLibrarianLobbyist
Market Research AnalystMedia ConsultantMuseum Curator
Museum Tech. & SpecialistPark RangerPeace Corps / Vista Worker
Political ScientistUrban AdministratorUrban Planner
Writer / Author  
Some Employers of History Majors:
AdvertisingBusiness and IndustryBroadcasting
Bureau of the CensusCentral Intelligence Agency / Federal Bureau of InvestigationDepartment of State
MediaMuseums & ArchivesParalegal Profession
Peace Corps / VistaPoliticsPublic Interest Groups
CampaignsLegislatorsPolitical Parties
Research foundationsSchools and UniversitiesState and Local Governments
Travel and tour servicesAdministration & LegislationCorrections & Court Systems
EducationHealth and Human ServicesHighway & Street Construction and Maintenance
Housing & Community DevelopmentLibraryParks & Recreation
Police & Fire ProtectionSocial & Welfare ServicesTransportation
Related Major Skills
Explaining IdeasWriting and presenting information
Analyzing ideas and informationExplaining the present by referring to the past
Seeing relationships between factorsInterpreting events and ideas
Examining evidenceDeveloping a world view
Decision making 

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