Why Study History?

Instructor: William White
Examining the past through the study of history can provide you with an informed perspective on modern events. This article provides some reasons to study history as well as links to popular history courses offered by Study.com.

Reasons to Study History

According to the American Historical Association (AHA), studying history provides relevant skills and the capacity for informed citizenship, critical thinking and awareness. While the specific knowledge you gain will depend on the area or type of history being studied, you can also learn practical skills that can help you on the job.

Learn About Key Events From the Past

One of the key skills that comes from studying history is the ability to learn from past events. These can include major conflicts, such as the two World Wars and Vietnam, and noteworthy historical figures, including the Founding Fathers and Winston Churchill.

Learning about past events can help you prepare for a career in politics or diplomacy. Check out the following courses to start brushing up on your understanding of global and U.S. history:

Learn to Access Evidence

Unlike many other academic subjects, much of history can be interpreted differently. These different interpretations provide you with the opportunity to see both sides of an argument and review the evidence. Examples of this could include the reasons behind the Civil War and Reconstruction or the validity of major legislation like the Marshall Plan.

Understanding and being able to access evidence are useful tools for careers in law, research, political analysis and more. Lessons in the following courses provide a look at events of the Civil War and life in modern Western Europe. Watch the videos and try to examine the key issues of each era from different sides:

Learn to Communication Effectively

A firm understanding of history can improve your ability to communicate through various media, including print and television. A historical perspective will provide examples that you can use to relate to current events.

This skill can be essential in almost any field, but it is especially useful in careers like writing, editing and journalism. Take the courses below to review crucial historical events and study world religions then practice communicating about some of the topics covered:

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