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Description of Major
The history curriculum is designed to introduce students to the study of the human past. Students majoring in history learn to approach decision-making with an awareness of a broad range of choices; learn to think critically and communicate their ideas effectively; integrate their academic study with their intellectual and moral maturation; understand the construction of historical knowledge; and learn how to learn. The curriculum emphasizes the role of the student as an active learner and encourages individualized learning experiences, including those outside of established coursework, and the development of close working relationships between students and faculty.

A liberal arts education and study in a particular major will lead to the acquisition of a group of skills which enable one to solve problems, communicate effectively, and perform complicated tasks. These skills are essential in any career. The following is a list of important and commonly agreed upon career skills identified by UMM history faculty as a part of the project to Improve Public Understanding of Liberal Learning (IMPULL). The skills are those which all or most students studying history are likely to acquire through classroom instruction, co-curricular or extra-curricular activities.

Leadership/Management Skills:
- judging
- inventing
- ability to work self-directedly
- making decisions
- analyzing
- identifying problems and needs
- identifying priorities and parameters
- predicting and evaluating future trends
and patterns
- identifying the critical issues and making
decisions quickly and accurately
- making commitments to others and
following through
- conceptualizing
- applying data
- taking risks
- organizing
- initiating projects or ideas
- making and keeping a schedule
- identifying alternative courses of action
- identifying people who can contribute to
the solutions of a problem or task
- analyzing the behavior of self and others
in a group


Communication/Writing Skills:
- comprehending written material
- describing objects or events with a
minimum of factual errors
- writing factual material clearly and
- identifying and communicating value
judgments effectively
- writing effectively
- demonstrating premises and reasoning
to their conclusion
- critiquing, editing, proofreading
- summarizing
- reporting accurately


Research/Analytical Skills:
- sorting data and objects
- cataloging information
- understanding and using organizing
- developing new approaches to problems
- using library and research facilities
- gathering information
- perceiving and defining cause and effect
- applying appropriate methods to test
the validity of data
- identifying information sources
appropriate to special needs or problems
- analyzing the interrelationships of
events and ideas form several perspectives
- compiling and selecting information
- applying information creatively to solve
specific problems
- evaluating information against
appropriate standards
- analyzing and evaluating ideas and
- reading
- reviewing large amounts of material and
extraction essence
- using a variety of sources of information
- designing an experiment, plan or model
that systematically defines a problem
- formulating questions to clarify a
particular problem or issue


Additional Skills, or Skills Peculiar to the History Discipline:
- the ability to work self-directedly
- setting goals
- predicting future trends
- defining a problem systematically
- identifying people who can contribute to
the solution of a problem
- reporting accurately
- taking risks
- initiating projects and ideas
- analyzing interrelationships of events
- identifying information sources
- describing events with a minimum of
factual error


Jobs Obtained by UMM History Graduates
Studies conducted by the UMM Career Center have shown that graduates obtain jobs that are both related to their major and jobs that may not be formally related to the major. Over 31% of the history graduates from 1964-1998 said their job was in the same field or occupationally related to their undergraduate major. Other studies have shown that liberal arts graduates find employment that makes use of their skills, special knowledge, values, and interests, even though the employment field may not be directly related to their academic major. Listed below are some jobs obtained by UMM history graduates that are both related and unrelated to the history major. This list of diverse jobs illustrates how the skills and knowledges acquired in the academic major and total liberal arts experience can be applied to the world of work.

Accounts Receivable Rep.
Administrative Assistant
Ag. Credit Technician
Agriculture Technician
Art Gallery Owner
Bank Loan Officer
Branch Manager
Building Contractor
Building Engineer
Business Executive
Business Manager
Business Owner
Chief Financial Officer
Chief of Staff
City Coordinator
City Manager
Claims Processor
College Administrator
Communications Director
Community Ed. Coordinator
Computer Programmer
Computer Programming Consultant
Contract Administrator
Corporate Communications
Credit Assistant
Customer Service Representative
Data Warehousing Consultant
Director of Research
District Manager
District Representative
Economic/Business Consultant
Educational Administrator
Educational Development Officer
Financial Aid Officer
Financial Worker
Fundraising Executive Director
Gas Fireplace Manufacturer
General Manager
Government Consultant
Government Manager
Government Planner
Government Supervisor
Head of State Office for U.S. Senator
Historical Research Consultant
Industrial Hygienist
Insurance Agent
Investment Operations Associate
Judicial Law Clerk
Laboratory Manager
Law School Administrator
Lead Info Analysis
Legal Assistant
Legislative Director
Loan Officer
Maintenance Engineer
Manufacturing Manager Consultant
Market Research Manager
Marketing Analyst
Marketing Director
Marketing Executive
Marketing Manager
Material Control Supervisor
Medical Clinic Manager
Member Services Director
Mental Health Treatment Administrator
Mortgage Broker
Motel Manager
Museum Director
Mutual Funds Shareholder Concerns Correspondent
National Park Service (Ranger)
National Sales Manager
Newspaper Reporter
Nonprofit Corporation President
Park Manager
Park Ranger
Pharmaceutical Salesperson
Physical Development Planner
Planner (Govt. Programs)
Policy Analyst
President/CEO Corporation
Professional Fund Raiser
Program Assistant
Program Consultant
Program Coordinator
Project Coordinator
Project Manager
Psychiatric Technician
Psychiatric Treatment Supervisor
Quantitative Researcher/Systems Director
Radiation Therapist
Registered Nurse
Rehabilitation Counselor
Rehabilitation Specialist
Resource Manager
Retirement Planning Consultant
Rural Postal Carrier
Sales Manager
Sales Representative
Senatorial Campaign Manager
Senior Manager
Senior Services Director
Service Representative
Small Business Counselor
Social Studies Teacher
Social Worker
Software Development
Special Education Teacher
Staffing Coordinator
Store Manager
Technology Consultant
Transportation Supervisor
University Professor (History)
University Residence Hall Dir.
University Student Personnel
U.S. Representative Chief of Staff
Vice President
Vice President of Sales


There are many occupations that do not require a specific undergraduate major; they are often learned as a result of on-the-job training rather than prior education. What is sought among prospective employees is the development of certain skills and abilities that can be developed not only through an academic major but through courses taken as part of one's general education, and through internships, directed studies, tutorials, seminars, study abroad, work-study and summer employment, and volunteer experiences.

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