Why should you study an undergraduate degree in history?
Studying history helps us to understand the contemporary world, allowing us to comprehend how we got where we are and where we might be going. Historical perspectives can give us insights into responses to past pandemics and how we should deal with the present ones, they can inform contemporary political debates by understanding how these have developed over time, and they can shape how we approach challenges in today’s societies and economies by examining the cultures of the past. The practice of studying history also gives you key skills of research, analysis and argument; tools for careers success which employers are looking for.
In order to understand our world of rapid change and bewildering technological developments, we believe it's important to be grounded in humanity. When you study for an undergraduate history degree at Essex, you will learn about the complex histories of people in different settings across time by connecting with a wide range of historical sources and approaches. In doing so, you will better be able to interpret contemporary challenges from a historical perspective, while building up vital skills such as carrying out in-depth research, explaining challenging concepts, and developing clear arguments. These are all skills which are essential for shaping the future needs of society, and for the world of work.
In doing your degree with us, you will be preparing yourself for an exciting career. Whether it's working in museums and heritage management, charities, government and non-government organisations, the media, education or business, there is a very wide array of opportunities in a diverse range of industries for a history graduate.
Head to our careers page for more inspiration and to read our compelling alumni stories.