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External Links

American Historical Association

AHA Careers for Students of History

Fake News: Media and News Literacy (Andruss Library)

Beyond Academe

The History Guide

Made by History (Washing Post)

Making History (Institute of Historical Research)

National Council for History Education

National Council on Public History

Throughline (NPR Podcast providing history to the headlines)

Origins of Everything (PBS Videos)

University of Cambridge Transferable Skills for History Majors

University of Wisconsin History Department's Guide to Careers in History

History in the News

A Push for Patriotic Education (Inside Higher Ed, 20 January 2021)

Why do we think Learning About History Can Make Us Better? How the Study of the Past Became the Conscience of the Present, Priya Satia (Chronicle of Higher Education, 23 October 2020)

Historian Says the U.S. Is 'Losing Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan' (NPR, 19 April 2017); also raises questions about how much we are able to learn from the past.

Rejection of Flag Exposes Larger Truths about the Confederacy (NPR, 2 July 2015)

Church Tragedy Inspires Many to Learn more About Charleston's History (NPR, 23 June 2015)

The Attack on Truth: We have entered an age of willful ignorance (The Chronicle Review, 8 June 2015)

You Have your History, I have Mine (The Chronicle Review, 8 June 2015)

Hot Content went Viral in the 1800s, Too(NR, 23 May 2015)

Depression-Era Photos Make a Mark in American Photography (NPR, 2 September 2014)

Ghost Cats and Musket Balls: Stories Told By Capitol Interns (NPR, 29 July 2014)

A Century Ago in Sarajevo: A Plot, A Farce and a Fateful Shot

How did the Meter Get its Length? (NPR, 23 June 2014)

Author: 2nd Amendment's Only Sentence Generates Recurrent Debate (NPR, 10 June 2014)

Gerry Adams' Arrest Calls Educational Privacy into Question (NPR, 3 May 2014

New Look at the Man Behind Black Power (NPR, 10 March 2014)

Heinrich Himmler's Private Letters Published in German Newspaper (NPR, 26 January 2014)

Behind the Movie, Tales from the Real-Life 'Monuments Men' (NPR, 7 February 2014)

'Founding Mothers' Helps Kids 'Remember the Ladies' (NPR, 28 January 2014)

World War I British Diaries Digitized (16 January 2014)

Piecing Together 'The World's Largest Jigsaw Puzzle' (posted 9 Oct 2012)

Did Man who armed Black Panthers Lead Two Lives (posted on 9 October 2012)

Wikipedia Policies Limit Editing Haymarket Bombing (posted on 9 October 2012)

Drew Faust on the 'Shared Suffering' of the Civil War (posted 9 Oct 2012)

Careers in History

Why History Matters (YouTube)

The Five Cs of History (YouTube)

What skills do history majors develop? (pdf)

Careers in Advocacy (pdf)

Careers in Business (pdf)

Careers in Information Management (pdf)

Careers as Researchers (pdf)

Careers as Teachers (pdf)

Careers as Writers and Editors (pdf)

All People are Living Histories - Which is Why History Matters (Penelope J. Corfield, Making History: The Changing Face of the Profession in Britain)

History 101: What it is and Why we Need it Now (Paulina L. Alberto and Farina Mir, April 2008, Perspectives on History)

Transferable Skills Checklist (University of Toledo) helps you ponder skills that you may want incorporate into your resume or develop.

"Syllabus" for Student Advisees

The Job Market and Liberal Arts

Everything has a history -- but only for the Elite? (Mary Beth Norton and James Grossman, Inside Higher Ed, 13 May 2021)

Dayton, the U.S. and the world need history majors (John Pepper, Guest Collumnist, Dayton Daily News)

There's No Such Thing as a Worthless Degree (Sam Blum, LifeHacker, 19 November 2020)

To STEM or not to STEM? That is not the question (Rochester Beacon, 23 Septmber 2019)

In the Salary Race, Engineers Sprint but English Majors Endure (David Deming, New York Times, 20 September 2019)

Yes, Employers Do Value Liberal Arts Degrees (Lynn Pasquerella, Harvard BUsiness Review, 19 September 2019)

The Case for Humanities in the Era of AI, Autormation, and Technology (Faisal Hoque, Fast Company18 September 2018)

Public May Not Trust Higher Ed, but Employers Do (Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, 28 August 2018, Insider Higher Education)

Six Myths about Choosing a College Major (Jeffrey Selingo, New York Times, Education Life (3 November 2017)

History is Not a Useless Major: Fighting Myths with Data (AHA Persepctives on History (April 2017) challenges three myths about history majors (underemployment; preparation for gainful employment; underpaid).

"[Mark]Cuban: Don't go to school for finance - liberal arts is the future" (Business Insider, 17 February 2017)

Adam Weinberg in his Blog, An Open Letter to New Liberal Arts College Students: What you should know on day 1, is advancing the essential advantage in liberal arts though his intended audience are students attending "liberal arts" colleges. (9 August 2016

"Revenge of the arts: Why a liberal arts education pays off" reports on a research from University of Ottawa (26 July 2016) about why "soft skills" developed in Liberal Arts programs are crucial to thriving in the job market.

We learn from "If war is hell, then coffee has offered US Soldiers Some Salvation" (25 July 2016) how researchers discovered how essential coffee was to soldiers in various wars. An original approach to research and writing which might inspire individuals to think outside the box of what to do with a history degree.

How Humanities Degrees Cultivate Marketable Business Skills (11 July 2016) by Bennat Berger challenges readers (4 minutes to read) to realize that "all businesses need good writers and communicators."

Yoni Appelbaum argues that business majors are lacking the critical skills developed in the Liberal Arts, critical thinking and writing, in the Atlantic (28 June 2016): "Why America's Business Majors are in Desperate Need of a Liberal-Arts Education."

Daniel R. Porterfield recently argued in "The 'Connective Tissue' That Liberal Arts Students Need for Lifelong Profession Success (5 July 2016)" must include the Liberal Arts and intentional cultivation of a plan for post-graduate.

Ruta Septeys, historical novelist, discusses her most recent use of history to explore the Wilhelm Gustloff tragedy, a German ship torpedoed by the Soviet navy, killing 9,000: More Died on this WWII Ship than on the Titanic and Lusitania Combined (NPR, 17 February 2016)

That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket (Forbes, 29 July 2015)

Although the target audience are PhDs, this article describes several IT career tracks students who have earned a BA in history or education may pursue: Information Technology: The Accidental Career for Ph.D.s; The question is not whether IT work is suitable, but waht kind of IT work is suitable. (The Chronicle of Higher Education, 29 July 2015)

What 'Learning How to Think' Really Means (The Cnronicle Review, 18 June 2015

Orhan's Inheritance is the Weight of History (In this news story, learn how historical research prompted an author to explore the Armenian genocide through a novel.) NPR, 18 April 2015)

To Understand Science, Study History (Chronicle of Higher Education, Commentary, 24 February 2014)

Steve Vanderveen, Professor Management and Director of Center for Faithful Leadership at Hope College argues the advantages of a liberal arts degree: The Secret Entrepreneur (18 February 2014)

This is Irrefutable Evidence of the Value of a Humanities Education (Huffington Post, 28 January 2014)

Liberal Arts Grads Win Long-Term (Inside Higher Ed, 22 January 2014)

Heating Up History at the AHA (Prof Hacker, 16 January 2014)

Talking about the Humanities: Value v. Meaning (Inside Higher Ed, 8 December 2013)


History is philosophy teaching by examples.

Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War 


Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela