The study of history leads to the understanding and appreciation of the heritages of humans. Since the time when human beings invented writing, they have left records of their understanding of the world and the events in their lives and how they felt about them. We can use what we learn about the experiences of people who lived before us to help understand, if not solve, problems we face today. Though the modern world is quite different from the societies in which our ancestors lived, the knowledge of their accomplishments and failures is an important standard by which we can measure the quality of our own lives and the success of our social arrangements.
Typical occupations open to undergraduate history majors include such diverse fields as archival manager, genealogist, historical preservation specialist, museum curator, historic site interpreter or supervisor, consultant and/or researcher for government or private sector corporations, educational administration, and teacher of history/social studies at the secondary (6-12) level.
Many history majors enter the business world upon graduation and rise to positions of management responsibility. Recent graduates are currently executives in industrial, commercial, insurance and banking corporations. Graduate school or professional school education is another option.