Department of History

Why Study History?

A history degree prepares you for challenging and exciting career opportunities in teaching, policy analysis, politics, public service, research, and more. History graduates are able to think critically, write effectively, and assess the dynamics of the world around them. You will become a life-long learner, capable of success in a wide variety of fields. No matter what the future holds, there will always be jobs for people with these abilities.

ECU history graduates have found employment in schools, government agencies, international and non-profit agencies, museums, archives, and historic sites. History has long been recognized as one of the ideal undergraduate preparations for careers in law, journalism, public policy, business, and public history.

But don’t take our word for it. The American Historical Association has an excellent resource with more details on the value of a degree in History.