Published Date

October 21, 2018

Resource Type

AHA Resource, Booklet, Essay, For Departments, For Professional Development, For the Classroom

AHA Topics

Academic Departmental Affairs, Career Paths, Professional Life, Teaching & Learning, The History Major, Undergraduate Education

This essay is part of the AHA’s Career for History Majors Booklet.

By Sarah Fenton

Reasons to pursue a degree in history abound—some of them spontaneous, idealistic, and idiosyncratic; others carefully considered, pragmatic, and forward-looking.

The six essays that follow suggest some of the ways that decisions to study history overlap one another and deepen over time. History is a major to fall in love with and fall back on. The essayists tackle the reasons for (and results of) their chosen major from notably different angles—not to promote any one path but to convey instead a sense of the diverse roads leading toward, through, and out into the world from inside a history classroom.



Sarah Fenton is the editor of 30-Second New York and a contributing editor at the AHA.