Historians study recorded history, and apply their knowledge to a wide range of professional applications. They may work in museums as archivists, edit major publications, or restore and preserve historical sites. Some historians analyze historical data to make future projections. However, the majority of historians teach and conduct research at universities or colleges.
Aspiring historians interested in teaching at a secondary school need to hold a bachelor's degree in history education, and must also satisfy any state licensing requirements. Those interested in teaching at a four-year college or university typically must hold a doctorate degree, but community colleges will often hire history professors who have a master's degrees.
Many accredited colleges and universities now offers history degrees that can be completed entirely online. Online programs are typically quite comprehensive and just as rigorous as campus-based programs and cover topics relating to past societies and events, as well as how they impact modern life and future events. Online history programs also offer concentrations which allows students to focus their studies in a specific area such as U.S. History, World History, European History, and Oriental History, among others. Most online programs will admit students from anywhere in the nation, however, some distance learning programs require students to live within a certain distance of where the program is offered and attend campus from time to time.
History Degree Programs