Are you intrigued and amazed by the past and what has occurred? Do you yearn to make other people as interested in history as you are? If this is so, then perhaps you should consider pursuing a career in a field related to history. Of course, prior to being admitted into any traditional, four year college or university you must first complete the requirements that are necessary to obtain your high school diploma. Depending upon the school you choose to attend, you will likely be required to submit a copy of your ACT scores, a copy of your high school transcript showing you are in good academic standing, and a few letters of recommendation that can vouch for your scholarly abilities
If you decide to pursue your bachelor's degree in history it will likely be possible for you to focus your studies in one of several areas. This degree program will provide students with the knowledge and skills that are required to begin a career in government, politics, education, or law. As you work on the course work for this degree program you will be studying worldly cultures and how the events of the past have shaped specific cultures. Particular attention will be given to how technology, war, art, and literacy have influenced the way our world is today. Although the specific design of a bachelor's degree program in history can vary from one college to the next, you should expect to complete courses that focus on: African studies, religion, western civilization, gender and sex, and Greek and Roman civilizations.
In addition, students should also expect to spend a significant amount of time focusing on past and present world leaders, emperors, scientists, and artists. Some colleges provide the opportunity for their students to focus their studies on specific historical eras, historical regions, or historical cultures. Keep in mind, it is quite common for individuals to choose a historical area of emphasis and then simultaneously complete the requirements needed to teach the subject of history. It is also common for some four year universities to offer classes that allow students to intensively study how minorities were treated, the Renaissance, the history of warfare, Russian history, and colonialism. In addition, if you are pursuing this bachelor's degree program you should expect for your core curriculum classes to even be more history focused. You will likely spend time studying European history, American history, world history, as well as the cultures related to various areas of our world.
Once you have successfully completed your history degree you will be ready and knowledgeable enough to seek employment as a politician, a lawyer, a historian, a teacher, a writer, a journalist, a researcher, or a tour guide. Of course, should you decide to be a history teacher you will likely have some education related course work to finish up after receiving your degree. If this is your intended career path, it will be important for you to check into what is offered by the college or university that you plan to attend.
Becoming a history major takes a certain type of individual. Below are some of the most important characteristics most students possess.
Knowledgeable – You need a passion for history not only absorbing everything regarding past events but history teachers spend just as much time on current events.
Opinionated – Not everything about our history and the history of other civilizations is known. As a history teacher you’ll learn during your Bachelor’s degree to be opinionated and come up with your own conclusions regarding history based on facts and research.
Passionate – Students like to learn from someone who is passionate about the topics they are teaching.
- Design curriculum for your grade to cover important history topics.
- Moderate classroom discussion.
- Collaborate with others in the industry to create history textbooks.
- Work with department head on research.