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Why Should You Consider a History Degree?

We all know it’s a tough job market out there, and you may be thinking, “I love history, but it’s just not marketable unless I become a teacher.” 

Perhaps your parents are telling you that you need to choose a “real” major, one that will provide you with distinct job training.

One thing is certainly true: You will get no vocational school, simple job training curriculum in the CCSU History Department.  We are here to develop thinkers, researchers, and writers.  We develop people’s full abilities; critical thinking and problem solving are at the core of what we do.

These are distinct skills that are applicable in any job environment.  Indeed, most people in business can’t write and often don’t know how to think outside the box.  Your abilities to do so will take you far in whatever profession you choose.

Consider what some of our graduates have said:

The CCSU History Department's expectations and curriculum, particularly its emphasis on research and writing, provided me with the solid foundation needed to succeed in what I do in my career as an attorney today.  A big misconception of the history major is that it is simply about memorizing dates and events, but it is really much more than that.  The study of history involves both attention to specific facts and details, as well as an understanding of how those details contribute to the big picture….I gained the most value from my history major by learning the essential skills needed to approach complex problems, investigate, comprehend, and effectively communicate facts and theories.  The challenging, yet supportive environment of CCSU’s History department played a crucial role in preparing me for my career, and I am truly grateful for the lessons I learned there.

Sarah Chipman, BA, 2002 


“Beyond the vast enrichment of knowledge this program granted me, I was provided with exceptionally high quality instruction which refined my research, writing, and analytic skills, all of which have certainly led to my success in my postgraduate program in National Security at the University of New Haven.  A degree in history from CCSU can open many doors for you, and will provide you with a skill set which is highly sought after in many different career paths.”

Coulson Hageman, BA,
cum laude, 2011


If this isn’t enough to convince you, take a look at the following studies and reports that advocate the essential importance of a quality liberal arts oriented education: 

PBS - Is a Liberal Arts Degree Worth it?

LEAP - Liberal Education & America's Promise
LEAP - Liberal Arts Degrees and Their Value in the Employment Market

Huffington Post - The Value of a Liberal Arts Education in Today's Global Marketplace

Education Week - Study Showing Value of Liberal Arts Education Counters Skeptics


Still not enough?  Look at this:

Want Innovative Thinking? Hire from the Humanities

April 1, 2011, Harvard Business Review

“People trained in the humanities who study Shakespeare’s poetry, or Cezanne’s paintings, say, have learned to play with big concepts, and to apply new ways of thinking to difficult problems that can’t be analyzed in conventional ways.”

A Liberal Arts Degree Leads to a Career, Not Just a Job

April 10, 2013, Huffington Post

“Students should think about their whole lives, not only as employees but as members of the human family and as citizens. They will benefit greatly by committing themselves to the college years of curiosity, inquiry, and discovery. It will ‘pay off’ to master research methods and new knowledge, and learn to think beyond disciplinary boundaries, developing capacities for creativity and written and oral expression.”

Critics of the Liberal Arts are Wrong

June 19, 2013, Time Magazine

“Indeed, according to surveys, employers have expressed a preference for students who have received a broadly based education that has taught them to write well, think critically, research creatively and communicate easily.”

Steve Jobs: Liberal Arts Essential for Innovation

October 22, 2013, The Daily Riff

Jobs: “The digital revolution will make this exploration between technology and the liberal arts obvious for the next generation. “Thinking will be now more important than knowing.”

Graduating with a Liberal Arts Degree Won’t Ruin Your Job Hopes

October 31, 2013, The Wire

“But job preparation is indeed what humanities studies are doing, according to a new British study highlighted by Pacific Standard. Three and a half years after graduation, 84.2 percent of social science majors and 78.7 percent of arts and humanities majors are employed, compared to 77.8 percent of STEM majors. 

Business and the Liberal Arts

October 17, 2013, Inside Higher Ed

Edgar M. Bonfman, former CEO of the Seagram Corporation

“We must remember, however, that what is seen as cutting-edge practical or technological knowledge at the moment is ever-evolving. What is seen as the most innovative thinking today will likely be seen as passé in ten years.” 

What is a Liberal Arts Degree Worth These Days?

January 27, 2012, Fox Business

“Danielle Moss Lee, president and CEO of the Harlem Education Activities Fund explains that many graduates in more practical fields may find their skills outdated within five to 10 years, but liberal arts students have the chance to invest in skills such as writing that will be useful to them throughout their careers.”

The Value of a Liberal Arts Education in Today’s Job Market

November 5, 2012, www.under30ceo.com 

“Graduates with a variety of majors, based on a liberal arts core, succeed as CEOs and business leaders. Many people might be surprised to learn that Steve Forbes was an American history major, or that Michael Eisner studied English and theater. Passion and success in business are not limited only to business majors. For every business leader who did not complete a higher education degree, you can find several who did – and are taking their companies in new directions.”


Develop your life, not just imagined “job skills.”

Join the History Department at CCSU.