Deane Hall

Why History?

Who is the odd one out in the following list?

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Martha Stewart, supreme court justice Antonin Scalia, Katharine Hepburn, W. E. B. DuBois, Oprah Winfrey, Art Garfunkel, George Bush, and Larry David

Answer: Oprah Winfrey. Why? Because all the others majored in history at college. Many people think that a history major is only for people who intend to pursue a career in history, whether as a teacher, a professor, an archivist or the like. Not true. As the above list makes clear, history graduates thrive in a wide range of different careers. That is certainly true for our majors, who in recent years have found employment as marketers, lawyers, librarians, doctors, financial consultants, healthcare managers, microfinance investors and more.

            Are you interested in the past? Do you enjoy studying different peoples, places, and periods? Do stories from long ago pique your curiosity? If so, we’d encourage you to consider a history major. Our international faculty will teach you how to read, research, and write history well. In the process, you will gain skills that will serve you well, whether you decide to work in business or a high school.