CURIOSITY: To find out what happened and why it happened.
GENEALOGY: To find out where you come from.
COMMEMORATION: To remember and learn the lessons of history.
STRUGGLE: To tell the story of those who fought for change.
REVISION: To set the record straight.
DISCOVERY: To reveal the voices not heard or deliberately left out.
CHALLENGE: To question the legitimacy of those that claim power.
Studying history helps you to become a critical thinker, an independent researcher, and a conscientious global citizen. As a historian you learn about past societies, and examine the processes that underlie global and local events. You learn how to carefully weigh evidence and come to well-supported conclusions. You also learn how to critically respond to the arguments of others.
History prepares you well for many jobs in which you need good critical thinking and writing skills. In particular, history prepares you for jobs:
In the knowledge Industries
- As a Curator or Researcher in Museums, Archives, Libraries, Art Galleries, and Cultural Centres
In schools and universities
- As a Teacher of History and Social Studies, or as a Curriculum Consultant
In government and private enterprise
- As a Researcher and writer of Reports