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Why We Should All Study History

A survey of employers conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and edited by the American Historical Association, shows the following:

Top 10 Skills Employers Seek in College Graduates

  1. Communication
  2. Teamwork
  3. Making decisions and solving problems
  4. Planning, organizing, and prioritizing
  5. Obtaining and processing information
  6. Analyzing quantitative data.
  7. Technical skills related to the job
  8. Using computer software
  9. Creating and editing written reports
  10. Selling and influencing others

Studying History teaches you all of these, which add up to an education preparing you for a range of futures in business, law, government, teaching, philanthropies, and more. History prepares you for an amazing range of fulfilling careers!

Source: https://www.historians.org/teaching-and-learning/why-study-history/careers-for-history-majors/talking-to-employers-about-your-degree

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Undergraduate Study

The History Department offers curricula leading to either a B.A. or a B.S. degree in History. Want to be a teacher? You can earn a secondary-education endorsement at Iowa State.

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Graduate Study

Graduate program options include a Master of Arts degree (MA) in history and a Ph.D. in Rural, Agricultural, Technological, and Environmental History.

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