Why Study History?
"So, what are you going to do with a history major?"
That's a fair question. For many, the entire point of pursuing a college education is to open opportunities for a better job or better pay--to do something, and what can you do by studying the past? Quite a lot, actually. History is about more than just knowing the past. It's about understanding why things happened as they did and how they continue to shape our world today.
History majors work as teachers, lawyers, in business, finance, healthcare, government, communications, non-profits, public service, and really, almost everywhere. By studying history, you will acquire skills that help you think critically about a subject, locate evidence, understand perspectives and biases, and make persuasive arguments. These skills can be applied anywhere. Indeed, these are precisely the skills most employers are looking for in prospective applicants. So perhaps the question should be,"why NOT study history?"
Hurrah Hornet History Majors
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the CSUS History Department is the twelfth largest producer of History BAs among four-year public universities (2010-2018), leaping ahead of powerhouses like UC Berkeley, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Michigan.