History is dedicated to the understanding and imaginative reconstruction of past human activities, institutions, ideas, and aspirations in light of current knowledge, concerns, and hopes for the future.
The history faculty at Rollins College believe that the study of history is central to acquiring a liberal education. First, it provides an introduction to all other liberal arts subjects. Second, by illuminating our past, the study of history provides us with a sense of continuity and moral purpose. When we come to understand that those of the past have prepared the way for our present, we begin to appreciate the responsibility we have for the generations that come after.
Students who graduate with a major in history have entered a variety of occupations. Teaching remains the most obvious career choice. Graduates intending to teach either acquire a Ph.D. and become professional historians, teaching at a college or university, or obtain certification and teach at the secondary level. Other options within the history profession include working with historical museums, state or local historical societies, archives or historical libraries, and historical preservation organizations or governmental agencies.
Less apparent alternatives also exist for the history graduate. History majors develop skills that can be applied to any number of professions. Students learn to read documents and books critically and analytically; they develop writing skills; and they master the ability to think clearly and objectively. These intellectual tools will serve the graduate well in any profession he or she wants to pursue.
Our graduates have successfully enter fields as diverse as banking, publishing, insurance, investments, sales, and other business- and management-related fields. Many have found the history major an excellent preparation for law school. Others have entered government, social service, and the helping professions They have succeeded in these fields, they report, in part because of the preparation the history major gave them.