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Six reasons to study History

History is an interesting and varied degree, but why should you study it and how can it help you with your future? Read through six of the best reasons to see if it's the right choice.

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1. Transferable skills

Studying History provides you with a broad skill set, which is ideal for keeping career options open. Analytical skills are invaluable in many jobs, and the ability to analyse and prioritise information is vital to decision making.

2. Relevant content

A History degree isn’t just based on the distant past. It also covers a huge amount of modern history in depth. The study of this subject is important in understanding current affairs as everything that happens today has been directly influenced by what happened in the past.

3. Investment in the future

If studied at an esteemed university, a degree in History can be an impressive and attractive feature on a CV. As seen on our History subject table, the graduate prospects scores for the top 10 UK universities for History are generally high.

4. Combined courses

Like many degrees, History can easily be combined with a number of other subjects. Course combinations with History include Mathematics, Music and Chinese. There's a great range of joint honours available.

5. Independence

A History degree typically offers fairly few contact hours; this enables you to lead your own historical research while still having support from a lecturer to help develop potential theories and ideas. Hard work is required, but this will help you build self-sufficiency, rigour and independence.

6. Cultural awareness

By looking at the history of different cultures, you gain a strong understanding of why certain people act the way they do. For instance, by looking at the history of the USA, we can see why race tensions continued past the abolition of slavery and remain today. In reading the history of India, we can see why the Caste system still continues in the subcontinent. This provides you with a broad cultural awareness, one that may deeply inform your future work.

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