Overview: What Is a College Program in History?

Students pursuing an education in history will learn about a wide variety of cultures and events that shaped the world, from ancient times through today.  Students will learn about people who played important roles, as well as the impact that art, literature, technology, and various wars have dad on the world.

History Classes and Learned Skills

History programs cover classes that focus on many different eras, nations, and peoples.  Some classes that might be covered in a history student's general coursework include:

  • World History
  • American History
  • European History
  • The Renaissance
  • The History of Warfare
  • Medieval History
  • African American History

Some history students will choose a specific concentration of study, which usually entails focusing on studies about a particular culture, time period, or geographic region.

Available Learning Formats for History Programs

History programs are available in both traditional and online learning formats, allowing students the freedom to choose which schools are most convenient and affordable for them.  Online college programs, also known as distance learning programs, are usually more flexible than face-to-face learning environments and are often a good option for those who already have a busy schedule.

Levels of Education Available for History

Certificates, associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees are all available levels of education for history students, though some are more widely available than others.  In many cases certificate programs focus only on one specific area of study at a time, such as East Asian studies or British and Irish studies.  Different concentrations of study are also available at the different degree levels.

Outlook for Careers in History

History students can find work in many different fields, including work in government and education.  Here are some jobs that can be obtained with a degree in history:

  • Archivist
  • Consultant
  • Congressional Aide
  • Conservator
  • Museum Curator
  • Editor
  • Information Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Legal Assistant
  • Personnel Manager
  • Researcher
  • Teacher

Despite faster than average growth for archivist, curator, and museum technicians occupations, competition for these jobs is expected to be high in years to come due to the many qualified applicants who outnumber available jobs.  Those who are interested in pursuing a history degree in order to become a teacher should find out what it takes to become a certified teacher in the state they hope to work in as additional education will likely be required.  To find the career outlook for other positions visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics' website at BLS.gov.

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