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Honestly, what can you do with a history degree.

IamnotFIamnotF Posts: 227- New Member
edited February 2010 in High School Life
I'm all for learning about your past mistakes but i think this is one of the rather useless degrees. If you don't want to be a teacher/professor/historian (and i don't even know what they do) what the hell can you use it for. 8 years just to learn about what has happened? damn.

No offense to the historians here.

EDIT: Ok, offense.
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Replies to: Honestly, what can you do with a history degree.

  • QwertyKeyQwertyKey Posts: 4,590Registered User Senior Member
    People who study history (and especially those going to grad school) aren't doing it so they can get a good job, they're doing it because they like history.
  • trumpetgrltrumpetgrl Posts: 4,005- Junior Member
    "I'm all for learning about your past mistakes"

    All history teachers say this when I ask them how their class will help me in life!
  • IamnotFIamnotF Posts: 227- New Member
    ^^ haha true...i feel shallow now. -_-

    But regardless, it's still a useless degree.
  • Mapleleafs26Mapleleafs26 Posts: 3,567- Junior Member
    QwertyKey is right. I'm majoring in history, and might go for art history, italian, or philosophy as a minor. I just want to learn about what I like, and find a job later
  • IamnotFIamnotF Posts: 227- New Member
    I was also taught that it'll be advisable have to have a 'marketable' degree.
  • OtherEtcOtherEtc Posts: 67Registered User Junior Member
    I loved history, so I majored in it despite the lack of obvious job opportunities. I got my master's in library science, but after a couple of years, took a job in a consulting firm, where I did mostly writing. History DOES prepare you to write well--I suspect there are jobs out there for history majors that you wouldn't immediately think of at first. (I certainly never thought I'd work for a consulting firm.)

    But, if history to you is "8 years just to learn about what has happened," it doesn't sound like history is the right major for you, IamnotF. Personally, I get excited learning about what has happened in the past, and lessons it has for the world today. Everyone is interested in different things (good thing!) so major in something that you're interested in learning about.
  • Mapleleafs26Mapleleafs26 Posts: 3,567- Junior Member
    lol idk

    It seems like you can get a well paying generic office job with any liberal arts degree from a decent school if you can't do a career relating to your major

    EDIT: OMG I realized 2 months ago on this website that being a librarian would be cool, but none of the colleges I'm applying to have library science
  • QwertyKeyQwertyKey Posts: 4,590Registered User Senior Member
    Why aren't you understanding?

    Getting a marketable degree means you are concerned with getting a job. You're going to college so you can do that. People studying history are doing so because they like history, not because they are trying to get a good job. If you want to get a good job, you want a marketable degree because that's what'll do it for you. If you want to study history, you want a degree in history.
  • trumpetgrltrumpetgrl Posts: 4,005- Junior Member
    Eh, It depends what kind of history. Great Depression, Holocaust, World Wars, & Presidents interest me & I love it! :)

    The Bronze Age & The Neolithic Era ugh, that was just plain torcher :/
  • Tres ElefantesTres Elefantes Posts: 858Registered User Member
    law school. low-paying humanities jobs. :\
  • IamnotFIamnotF Posts: 227- New Member
    I just happen to like science and it just happens to be in the 'well-paying' degree area.

    You know i just recently learnt how much school you had to go through to become a librarian. I personally think that it's also useless to go to school (for that long) to become a librarian.



    Qwerty: I completely get you
  • HitManHitMan Posts: 798Registered User Member
    I'd agree that a history degree itself isn't that useful for a job but many jobs require humanities degrees and so history degrees pass that requirement.

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  • OtherEtcOtherEtc Posts: 67Registered User Junior Member
    IamnotF--It also doesn't sound like being a librarian is the best career for you. That's fine.

    BTW--You'd probably be surprised at all the various skills it takes to be a librarian. Also, librarians in different settings--public libraries versus academic versus law schools versus business all need to learn different things.
  • smileyyysmileyyy Posts: 105- New Member
    politician/lawyer/author/museum curator(i think, and apprently they get paid a lot)/work in foreign affairs (like idk the UN)/be smarter than you/have sex with your mom
  • IamnotFIamnotF Posts: 227- New Member
    Et cetera - Before i go on, i just want you to know that this isn't to offend you or anything like that.

    Did you want to be a librarian and what type? The librarian in my school doesn't seem to require that much school from what i've seen him do. Even in the NYPL, I see librarians really working hard but nothing that looks like it requires alot of school for.

    And trust me, i won't be good at being a librarian or historian anyways.
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