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National Book Award Finalist Delivers 4th Annual Africana Studies Lecture on March 23

UTC’s Department of History and Africana Studies program are pleased to welcome 2016 National Book Award finalist Heather Ann Thompson of the University of Michigan to deliver the 4th annual Africana Studies Lecture on Thursday, March 23, at 5:30pm in Derthick Hall 201. Free and open to the public, Professor Thompson’s talk will focus on her critically acclaimed book Blood in the Water, “the first definitive history of the infamous

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The U.S. and the World: Foreign Policy and the 2016 Presidential Election

On October 5, the UTC History Club and Euphrates Chapter held a roundtable with UTC’s history faculty on “The U.S. and the World: Foreign Policy and the 2016 Presidential Election.”   The History Department’s regional experts broke down the foreign policy positions of the presidential candidates for an audience of UTC students, professors, and community members. Featuring: Susan Eckelmann Berghel – moderator Michael Thompson on foreign policy and presidential elections Ryan Edwards

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Why the U.S. President Needs a Council of Historians

In a new article in The Atlantic, Graham Allison and Niall Ferguson, both scholars at Harvard University, urge the president to establish a “Council of Historians,” arguing that “the U.S. could avoid future disaster if policy makers started looking more to the past.” A key passage: We suggest that the charter for the future Council of Historical Advisers begin with Thucydides’s observation that “the events of future history … will be of the

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The Flexibility of a History Degree

A new post from the AHA discusses the career flexibility and versatility history majors get with their degrees.  History, as the author notes, “is an all-encompassing degree.” Read the full post here.

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More reasons to study history: “Why America’s Business Majors Are in Desperate Need of a Liberal-Arts Education”

More reasons to study history, this time from The Atlantic.  Some key passages: “[W]hen businesses go hunting for CEOs or managers, “they will say, a couple of decades out, that I’m looking for a liberal arts grad,” said Judy Samuelson, executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program.” “[T]o succeed in the long term, [students will] require an education that allows them to grow, adapt, and contribute as citizens—and

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History isn’t a ‘useless’ major. It teaches critical thinking, something America needs plenty more of

From the Los Angeles Times: “History isn’t a ‘useless’ major”! A few key quotes: “Over the long run, … graduates in history and other humanities disciplines do well financially. … After 15 years, [] philosophy majors have more lucrative careers than college graduates with business degrees. History majors’ mid-career salaries are on par with those holding business bachelor’s degrees.” “The utility of disciplines that prepare critical thinkers escapes personnel offices, pundits and  politicians (some

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If you majored in the humanities, you really should apply to Harvard Business School

“If you studied the humanities in college, Harvard Business School doesn’t just want you, it needs you.”  According to Dee Leopold, HBS’s director of admissions, “scholars of the humanities are comfortable with problems that don’t have just one correct answer. … ‘They’re used to managing ambiguity,’ she said. ‘They have an ability to think broadly, an ability to take a stand, and yet know there are other approaches.’” Read

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Why Study History?

The breakdown: History helps us understand people and societies History contributes to moral understanding History provides identity Studying history is essential for good citizenship History is useful in the world of work   The bottom line: “Why study history? The answer is because we virtually must, to gain access to the laboratory of human experience. When we study it reasonably well, and so acquire some usable habits of mind,

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How A Major in History Gives You the Intangible Edge

“It’s no secret that many departments use job prospects to lure undergraduates trying to pick a major. History departments in particular tend to tout their alumni’s diverse array of career paths in an attempt to answer the inevitable question: “But what will you do with that?” Among college majors, it seems, history is considered just “useful” enough to have to justify itself, but not so useful that students would

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Entering the Job Market with a BA in History

“History is dynamic, and you should be a bright, capable, and thorough thinker, writer, communicator, and researcher because of your time as an undergraduate.” Learn more about how to market the skills you’ve acquired by studying history here.

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