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A degree in History provides more than interesting stories; it gives us a better understanding of the present. History reveals patterns that explain current political actions, ideas or cultures.
Why Study History: Understanding what’s going on in the world today depends on understanding what’s happened in the past. The war in the Middle East, the fight for human rights, religious intolerance are conflicts that have gone on for thousands of years. GPC history courses provide in-depth study of these issues, providing the background for knowledgeable decisions and rational life choices.
A Student's Perspective:
“History is a field in which curiosity is encouraged. My experience in this program has taught me that … history always finds ways to surprise you. GPC and my instructors have taught me a lot, the best of which is fueling my hunger for knowledge.”
Coretta Haggray, History major, GPC 2010
Potential Careers: A history degree builds a strong foundation for many fields:
Education: schools, higher education, museums, historical sites
Research: museums, historical preservation organizations, think tanks, journalism
Communication: writers, editors, archivists, librarians
Advocacy:lawyers, paralegals, legislative or foundation staff, lobbyists
According to a 2008 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the median annual income for historians was $54,530.
For more information about history as a major or career, visit the American Historical Association website. Additional job and wage information is also available on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics site.
The study of history develops skills that are valuable and transferable to the workplace: analytical and critical thinking, research know-how and the ability to deliver written or oral presentations. For more information about the required courses in History at GPC, view the History Advisement Form or our online catalog.