Why Study History

History is a popular major, not just because it is a fascinating subject, but also because it encourages students to develop useful skills that will serve them in graduate and professional programs and in many occupations.  Students of history find themselves in classes that are reading and writing intensive.  They hone their thinking ability as they encounter diverse views of historical development to implement methods and theories used in analyzing and understanding the past.  History students do far more than memorize names and dates, for they must come to their own conclusions about the forces that have shaped humanity as well as the significance of historical events.


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The study of history offers students the ability to develop important intellectual skills.  History students will gain a political and cultural awareness that leads to a deeper appreciation of news, literature, art, and music.  Further, the study of history at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will help students understand the complex multicultural environment in South Texas, the nation, and the world.

Some of the qualities that make for a successful history student include:

  • independence of thought and spirit
  • analytical mind
  • curiosity
  • resourcefulness
  • reflective nature
  • an appreciation of past events and achievements.

The study of history will help you develop your abilities:

  • to understand, evaluate, and creatively use large amounts of information.
  • to read, write, and speak effectively.
  • to make keen observations, solve problems, and make appropriate decisions.
  • to conduct and explain research.
  • to know and understand the world in which you live and to concentrate for long periods of time.

History offers a broad range of career options and there are many ways to apply the skills earned as a liberal arts major.  Here are some examples of careers that you may pursue with a History degree. For more information on career paths for history majors,

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Careers in History

Human Resources Manager
Arts Conservator**
Insurance Agent/Broker
Attorney/Legal Assistant**
International Relations Specialist*
Congressional Aide
Historical Consultant*
Consumer Advocate
Museum Curator**

Producer of Historical Documentaries*
Federal/Government Officer
Professor of History**
Public Relations Specialist
Public Administrator*
Government Official
Research Assistant
Historic Preservation
Historic Site Administrator


*These occupations may require study beyond the Bachelor's Degree.

**These occupations will require training beyond the Bachelor's Degree.