Why Study History?


    Why do we study "History" in school?

    What can "History" teach us?

    What can I do with a "History" degree?

    What kind of skills can I obtain from learning about "History"?


    History helps us understand people and societies.  How are we supposed to get along with others if we do not know anything about them?  There are many different cultures out there and we need to understand them (each other) so we can live together in peace.

    History helps us learn about our culture, what we have done, how we got here, and where will we be in the future.  We must learn from the past and not make the same mistakes again.

    History helps us understand how the world came to be the way it is today...the creation of countries, the dividing of Africa, Japan's growth, the growth of Islam and Christianity, the formation of the United States of America, etc...

    History gives us experiences.  The things we learn from our past will help us move forward into the future good or bad.  Those who do not learn from history will make the same mistakes and thus repeat it.  Experiences are helpful!  Take a look at getting a job.  If you do not have any experience, you might not get the job you want.  The more you know, the better you will be, and that means YOU ARE MORE VALUABLE TO A COMPANY/FIRM.  IT GIVES YOU AN EDGE IN GETTING HIRED FOR A JOB.  


    History teaches us how to think critically, write descriptively, research extensively, communicate effectively, and to be more curious about people and their way of life.

    History teaches us the necessary skills to survive in the real world.  It is nice to know about dead people and events that has taken place already, but the skills used by us to learn about our past will help us in the future in all areas of life:  thinking skills, writing skills, social skills, communication skills, behavioral skills, research skills, etc...



    History can lead us into some of these careers:

       1.  lawyers                                    6.  government services

       2.  journalists                               7.  writer/editor

       3.  business                                  8.  librarianship

       4.  researcher                               9.  public history

       5.  museum work                         10.  teaching