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Longwood in Farmville, Virginia is situated among great historical evidence from the American Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement. Longwood's History Department, along with other history departments, is a place to learn and research major social, political, cultural and economic events of the past. Through the application and practice of history and its various aspects, Longwood History majors have many opportunities in the world, post-graduation. Knowledge of the past enables individuals to develop pride and appreciation for the accomplishments of others. Thorough understanding of past political, social, and economical problems help to resolve present human problems and issues of the day. Historical study is divided into three areas of study: ancient, medieval, and modern.

Abraham Lincoln- "History is not history unless it is the truth."

Career Fields associated with History Majors:

  • Anthropologist
  • Freelance Writer
  • Paralegal Assistant
  • Archaeologist
  • Genealogist
  • Peace Corps Worker
  • Archivist
  • Gerontologist
  • Political Scientist
  • Biographer
  • Historian
  • Psychologist
  • Counselor
  • Human Service Worker
  • Public Administrator
  • Criminologist
  • Journalist
  • Research Assistant
  • Curator
  • Judge
  • Research Library Assistant
  • Economist
  • Lawyer
  • Sociologist
  • Educator Lecturer
  • Technical Writer
  • FBI/CIA agent
  • Librarian
  • Urban Administrator
  • Foreign News Correspondent
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Writer
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Newspaper Reporter

Related Skills:

  • Ability to identify and evaluate records of past events, ideas, and facts accurately
  • Intellectual capacity to perform well in most undergraduate and graduate curriculums
  • Proficiency in reading comprehension, writing, and speaking
  • Proficiency for accurate details
  • Ability to make keen observations, solve problems, and make appropriate decisions
  • Ability to conduct and clearly explain scientific research
  • Ability to collect and/or organize important historical data
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time

Personal attributes associated with History:

  • Appreciation for past events
  • Independence
  • Intellectual Growth
  • Recognition
  • Analytical Mind
  • Strong interest in reading and writing
  • Continuous desire to study and research the past
  • Objectivity
  • Curiosity
  • Resourcefulness
  • Reflective nature
  • Integrity

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For more information on any of these career options, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.