History majors learn skills that make them highly competitive in today's job market. Primarily, historians analyze artifacts from the past to derive lessons about the present. This process, however, is far more interesting than memorizing dates, names, and facts. Modern historians locate, collect, analyze, and synthesize sources; they assess data with a critical eye, and apply modern theories to make sense of information; they take the general and make it specific, and provide convincing and compelling arguments that influence future decisions.
These skills can be applied to academics, education, government, and law, but they are equally sought after in the private sector. The skillset of a historian - which includes outstanding written and verbal communication skills, information analysis, argumentation, and persuasion - prepares students to be successful in today's competitive marketplace.
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