SOURCE: Perspectives on History
Why Study History? Revisited
by Peter N. Stearns
Advocates for the discipline of history must be willing to make concrete claims about the job opportunities opened by a history degree and train undergraduates to understand and express the skills the history major develops.
SOURCE: National Review
Fewer and Fewer Students Choose to Study History — Why?
Retired history professor David Kaiser believes that faculty's tendency toward "politically correct" material causes students to lose interest.
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal
Historians Argue That The History Major Won’t Go the Way of the Dodo
Featuring Philip Balson, Olivia Daniels, Ethan Ehrenhaft, Max Minshull, and Marie-Capucine Pineau-Valencienne.
Why we need history majors to understand our future
by Knute Berger
Featuring Margaret O’Mara, a history professor at the University of Washington.
SOURCE: New Yorker
Is a history degree only accessible to students at elite universities?
by Eric Alterman
For the past decade, on American campuses, history has been declining more rapidly than any other major, even as more and more students attend college. But at Ivy League schools, the major is thriving.
SOURCE: Seattle Times
As STEM majors soar at UW, interest in humanities shrinks — a potentially costly loss
The number of students studying the humanities at the University of Washington is shrinking, with some majors down as much as 50 percent in a decade. It's having a financial impact, and also affecting the breadth of the university's expertise.
SOURCE: Daily Beast
History Majors Are Becoming a Thing of the Past, Except in the Ivy League
by Marc Wortman
In the last decade, the number of students majoring in history at the nation’s colleges has plummeted, and it seemingly has nothing to do with the job market.
Hope for PhDs who want to leave the profession
An interview with Jennifer Polk of Beyond the Professoriate.
The Overlooked Problem in the History Jobs Crisis
PhD programs emphasize research, but small schools that are hiring need people who can teach, says Kevin Gannon.
What's Behind the History Jobs Crisis?
We asked an expert – Robert Townsend – why the number of history majors has been declining and why jobs for historians are disappearing.
Few Top Schools Require History Majors to Broadly Study U.S.’s Past
A new report by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni found that just 23 of the institutions among the 76 deemed to be the “best” by U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 rankings require history majors to take at least one U.S. history course.
SOURCE: Yale Daily News
Yale changing requirements for history majors
It’s the biggest change in a generation, says Beverly Gage
SOURCE: Perspectives (American Historical Association)
Majors in history earn more than others in the humanities
by Allen Mikaelian
Full-time workers who held a terminal bachelor’s degree in US history boasted a median annual salary of $62,000.
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