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Students pursuing the BA in history study the growth and development of human society from political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. Students learn to craft stories from materials other people have left behind --- constitutions, land deeds, diaries, guns and bones. They learn to make decisions about what to investigate, about whom to believe, about what happened first, and about why things fell apart or came together.
History is a discipline that constantly adopts new techniques of analysis and new ways of gathering and presenting information. Students of history learn to use and create digital media, to perform quantitative as well as qualitative analysis, and to present their findings in compelling ways to all kinds of audiences.
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History majors are in demand. They know how to find and evaluate evidence, form arguments and present analysis --- skills essential to most careers including law, business, education, medicine and government.
Three out of four employers surveyed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities say they want colleges to place more emphasis on helping students develop five key learning outcomes: critical thinking, complex problem-solving, written communication, oral communication and applied knowledge in real-world settings. These learning outcomes are integral elements of an undergraduate degree in history.
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History is an excellent foundation for graduate and professional studies in:
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
|Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists||8.9%||$48,590|
|Business Intelligence Analysts||9.3%||$88,510|
|Criminal Investigators and Special Agents||4.5%||$79,970|
|General and Operations Managers||9.1%||$100,410|
|History Teachers, Postsecondary||10.3%||$72,690|
|Investment Fund Managers||8%||$105,610|
|Labor Relations Specialists||-7.7%||$63,200|
|Judicial Law Clerks||5.5%||$51,330|
|Military Officer Special and Tactical Operations Leaders, All Other|
|Museum Technicians and Conservators||12.4%||$40,670|
|Broadcast News Analysts||-0.4%||$62,910|
|Reporters and Correspondents||-10%||$39,370|
|Public Relations and Fundraising Managers||10.4%||$111,280|
|Public Relations Specialists||8.8%||$59,300|
|Social and Community Service Managers||18%||$64,100|
|Video Game Designers||9.3%||$88,510|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).