Why Study History?

“To save a man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is the chief aim of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To study history is to study change. Everything we do, use, and study is the product of a complex set of causes, ideas, and practices. The study of history is an enriching process. A bachelor of arts in history also provides a solid foundation for a variety of careers and advanced degree programs and it is excellent preparation for law school. The history major prepares students for a variety of careers in the fields of government, law, education, business, the non-profit sector, social services, medicine, banking, military, graduate study and archival work. This partial list demonstrates the diversity of careers open to those trained in history. 

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Career Opportunities

Students majoring in history have a range of resources available to help with their job search. The university's Career Center  works individually with students to frame their skills and interests, identify possible internships and professional opportunities, prepare application materials, and network with our alumni. 

Many UNC Asheville history graduates enter business at the management level. Almost as many pursue licensure in education at the K-12 level. Others have become journalists, bankers, sportswriters, officers in the armed services and ministers. Many of our graduates are employed by government agencies at the local, state and federal levels as city and regional planners, researchers and analysts for state legislators, park historians, public information officers, Foreign Service specialists and more. Others are curators for museums, historical societies and libraries. A considerable number of our graduates are engaged in law practice. Some have gone into banking, politics and medicine while others are self-employed. A few are college professors.

Our students have gone on to pursue graduate studies at Wake Forest, UNC-Chapel Hill, Georgetown, University of Wisconsin, Boston University and Purdue among many other schools.


Check out our infograph below to see what our Alums are doing with their History Degrees!

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