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History as your Majors

When it comes to choosing a major, for higher education overseas, the traditional first choices for most students in India, always has been Medicine, Engineering and Management, with Economics and law coming a close second. All that however is changing in a major way, when it comes to the millennial and the generation Z. With a world of information at their finger-tips thanks to the World Wide Web, these new students and prospective students are making highly informed and decisive choices when it comes to their education or career. No longer are students looking at the obvious choices when it comes to their career. They are choosing from a variety of eclectic options, like gastronomy, data sciences, anesthesiology etc . One such option open to students today would be to do a major in history. However, unlike some subjects like Medicine, Engineering and IT, subjects like history can prove to be difficult when it comes to identifying a career path. What exactly does majoring in history involve? What are the best universities for majoring in history and what are the career prospects for a history major? Read on to find out.

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What will you Learn as a Student of History?

History as a subject involves learning about people and how they interacted with each other and for what motives in the past, this aspect of history will help the student to extend this knowledge to understanding human interactions and team dynamics even in the present day. History could also involve learning about societies and cultures that existed in the past, an understanding of the conflicts and alliances of the past, can give the history student an understanding of present day relationships between countries. A knowledge that can be useful when pursuing a career in foreign services, or as a humanitarian aid worker. History students also learn to identify, sift and verify facts from a vast amount of information, and propaganda. They learn to distinguish between myth and reality, a skill that can be put to good use in many ways. A study of history also teaches the student to analyze, simplify and present historical facts to the lay person in ways that can be easily understood, either through timelines, articles or graphs and charts. This skill would come in handy when it comes to pursuing a career in teaching history or journalism.

What are the Options after Majoring in History?

Students who major in history have a wide variety of options open to them, when it comes to choosing a career. At a high level, they could choose to opt for a career which has the study of history at its core, such as curator of art in a museum, archeologist, archivist, history lecturer or heritage conservation. Students could also extend the knowledge and skills they gained while studying history and apply them successfully in other fields such as human resources, journalism, law, corporate advisor, and many more from top universities to Study Abroad. Some specific career paths that emerge from the study of history at an undergraduate and post graduate level are

  1. Working in Museums and Galleries

A wide range of jobs are open to students of history in museums and galleries at various levels. Students could opt for entry level administrative jobs, or could go for specialized positions like curator of museum art, conservationist, and historical guide.

  1. Working in Heritage sites

Students of history can work in various positions in heritage sites such as property manager, conservationist, property guide and other support staff.

  1. Working in charities

A study of history, helps the student to gain an understanding of the historical roots behind present day conflicts. This knowledge helps the student to better serve as volunteers in international charities in various capacities, including peacekeepers and humanitarian aid workers

  1. Working in record offices as an archivist

Students of history can go on to work in government and private archival offices as record keepers and archivists. Thats why History is one of the top 5 Off Beat Courses to Study Abroad.

  1. Working in universities and schools

Students of history can go on to teach the subjects in schools and colleges. The student can opt to teach history as a general subject, mainly at the elementary and secondary school level or could go on to specialize and teach a specific area of history such as medieval history, art history, or archeological studies at the graduate and post graduate level. 

  1. Working in architecture and conservation of ancient buildings

Students of history with a keen interest in architecture, could go into careers which involve the study of architecture of ancient buildings and their conservation for posterity

  1. Working in local government or diplomatic service

Students of history can apply the knowledge they have gained from a study of past governments into various roles in contemporary governments

  1. Working in writing and media

Students of history can use their knowledge of history and their skill in effective dissemination of information in careers in journalism, or a writers of historical fiction.

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Top Universities for Pursuing a Degree in History

Almost all universities have a history department that offers courses in history at graduate, post graduate and doctoral levels. Some of the best universities for pursuing a degree in history are, Yale University, Princeton University, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University and Columbia University in USA, and Oxbridge University, Cambridge University, Leeds University and Oxford University in UK.

For more information on various courses in history offered by these and other universities and how you can apply, get in touch with Global Tree, one of the Best Overseas Education Counselors in India, and you are well set on a successful career in history.


Frequently Asked Questions

The common notion is that foreign universities are expensive, although with scholarships this is an exaggerated issue. What many fail to consider are time and effort. Studying in an Indian college leads to a lower average salary than earned by our western counterparts. This salary sets the tone for all future promotions since companies often look at your previous salaries during compensation appraisals. Additionally, most senior positions tend to be scooped up by individuals who have an international outlook through global exposure.  Finally, studying in a foreign country is an incredible learning experience helping students get a better academic as well as soft skill development.

Canada has been one of the market leaders in education for decades. However, what currently sets Maple Country apart is immigration. Canada is wholeheartedly inviting students to study in their universities to fill job vacancies that are always growing in the country. Students who study in Canada (especially a Master’s Degree) are practically assured of a Permanent Residency Visa.

A good score doesn’t automatically qualify a candidate for a scholarship, however, it is one of the primary factors that the admissions department looks for in a scholarship application. There are other attributes such as a candidate’s academics, extra-curricular, financial background, and application essays (SOPs).

We get this question a lot. Many candidates know which career path they want to take, but are at a loss for how to take that journey. Understanding the job role and the industry that you want to get into is the first step to picking the right university.

Carefully consider the immigration options of the country that the university that you are considering is in. This is more important when you intend to stay back in the country after the completion of your course.

Also, review the placement history of the university as well.

The first step is to list your preferences. By listing your preferences and strengths, describe your course of preference. Extensive research on the modules, software and its length for your preferred subject is necessary.


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