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Why Study History?

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Recently a large number of articles have been published which challenge misconceptions about history and the humanities.  Take a look at the links below for evidence that employers look for the skills that history majors acquire and also that the humanities play an important role in our society. But first, watch "The Heart of the Matter," a video made by the American Academy of Arts and Science.

An article about why top tech CEOS want employees with liberal arts degrees.

Two university presidents who are academics in STEM fields wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post about both the importance of the humanities and the importance of collaboration between the fields.

In a speech at Stanford, Rachel Maddow asserts that education in the humanities is a crucial asset in today's job market, calling history the king of undergraduate majors.

The president of the Association of American Colleges & Universities weighs in on the skills obtained by studying the humanities.

A 2013 survey of employers shows that they value critical thinking, complex problem-solving, written and oral communication, and applied knowledge in real-world settings among their employees.

A New York Times article arguing that in the drift away from the humanities, we risk losing something essential in ourselves.

Letters to the editor in response to the above article from individuals stating why the humanities still matter.

Employment statistics show that English and history majors have lower unemployment rates than other fields.

Statisticians analyze college attendance trends.

A public-opinion survey released by Northeastern University shows that employers want colleges to produce graduates who can think critically and creatively, and can communicate orally and in writing.

In response to a worrying New York Times article, two college presidents and several others wrote letters to the editor reaffirming the importance of the humanities and a liberal arts education.

What humanities crisis?  UC Davis historian Eric Rauchway argues in a blog post that the National Center for Education Statistics shows that the percentage of humanities majors have remained steady for the past 40 years.