Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it! Sounds like a pretty good reason to study history!

View of fountain near Pantheon, RomeHistory is rich in FASCINATING persons and customs and monumental struggles, and most of all we can see how people, with their ideas and their hopes, their little plans, and grand schemes, tried to make their way through life in this world.  History is the lab experiment of human nature!

In the study of history, we find ourselves, we find how human nature and human needs are ever the same.  But human solutions are myriad!   We see the rise and fall of great endeavors. The seemingly infinite complexity of the past can be distilled down, philosophically, to the experiences that we really can learn from, those that reveal themselves again and again, in all their variety and similarity. The lessons of history are for all of us to learn, or to ignore at our own peril, as one famous lesson from Lord Acton puts it, that “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely.”   

Interior of Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, ItalyStudents of history become captains of industry, artists, managers, entrepreneurs, public servants, lawyers, doctors, software developers, etc. etc. etc.  And some students of history go on to be teachers, some fewer still, professors, but the study of history has from the beginning been understood primarily as an exploration of ourselves: who we are, as persons and societies. 

As a history minor or major, you will learn research skills, how to mobilize evidence and to present logical arguments and conclusions from your research.  You will learn about other peoples and cultures.  As a student of history, you can add just a little bit of technical training (you may choose a technical minor) to greatly increase your job prospects.  History develops marketable skills, and great preparation for graduate specialization in a wide range of careers. 

  • Lawyers and Public Servants
  • Journalists and Technical Writers
  • Managers and Entrepreneurs
  • Museum Curators
  • Archivists or Librarians
  • Health Care Professionals of all sorts
  • Professional Sales, Customer Relations
  • Product Designers and Developers

History Stats from BurningGlass

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We have a special responsibility for the formation of the whole person, empowered for personal success and guided by commitment to faith and to reason.

UST’s Core Curriculum introduces students to the unity of knowledge and prepares them for further exploration of their chosen fields, in the Humanities and in the Sciences. You’ll learn effective techniques for research and analysis, critical thinking, good writing and giving presentations, all essential skills that can prepare you for engaged participation in society and in life.