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Why History?

Why Study History?

History provides the intellectual and entrepreneurial tools to thrive in a world that is highly specialized and globally interconnected. Students develop the ability to write well and to interpret complex information. They can offer creative solutions to challenging problems, handle ambiguity, and work across cultures—and those are just some of the many learning outcomes that benefit history graduate and undergraduate students.

What Is History?

Watch the video to learn about the importance of learning History.

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This project was made possible by the department of History and Project Muse, both of the University of Utah. Created by Professor Hugh Cagle and Nicholas Cockrell.

What can I do with a History Degree?

Career Fields of History Majors:

Top 5 fields of work 

Fields with less than 5% 

Fields with less than 1% 

18% Education

Education, Training, & Library Sciences

Business Operations

Information and Communications Technology


Life, Physical, and Social Science


Architecture and Engineering

15% Management

Business, Science, & the Arts

10% Administration

Community and Social Services


Food Preparation

Personal Care and Service


Installation, Maintenance, and Repair

11% Legal

10% Sales

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media

Protective Service

Financial Services




Further Links on the Value of History

"What Can You Do with That History Degree?" American Historical Association

"How Art History Majors Power the U.S. Economy" Washington Post

"What to do with a degree in history" The Guardian

"What can you do with a History Degree?" U.S. News

Last Updated: 11/15/22