Did You Major in History in College?
April 4, 2011 7:08 AM Subscribe
What can you tell me about majoring in history in college? My son (high school junior) is planning to study history in college and make a career out of public history. Yes, he is 17 and most 17 year olds have no idea what they really want to do. However, he has had a passion for history since he could read, and has already logged some hours doing volunteer research for the National Park Service, so I really think odds are good that he will stick with that path. I'm looking for suggestions on interesting colleges that he might want to investigate. Just about every school offers a history major, which makes the narrowing down process a little harrowing.
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A few pertinent details. We live in VA, and I think he'll want to stay east of the Mississippi for college, and probably in the Mid-Atlantic area. His SAT scores came in last week - a little above average in math and 96th percentile in critical reading and writing. He has no preference yet on large versus small school, suburban versus urban, etc. If you were a history major or work in history, what can you tell me? Personally, my sense is that the undergraduate school for history is not as important (for either career or grad school prospects) as internships, getting involved in research projects, etc. But I could be wrong about that! (A few schools that have captured his attention so far are Penn State, UVA, and William & Mary.)