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WKU History Department - Careers


The liberal arts and history in particular can contribute a great deal to your career. A number of studies highlight the value of the broad preparation inherent in a liberal arts degree. Articles in leading business publications have consistently argued that many business majors find themselves equipped to secure the same job within different firms but unable to climb the corporate hierarchy. A survey of telecommunications executives shows that liberal arts graduates tend to rise faster than their colleagues with more specialized preparation.

But as valuable as liberal arts training is now, such a background will be even more important in the years ahead. Students in the late 1990s are preparing themselves for careers which will stretch into the 2020s, a period which will see rapid and profound changes in the American economy. Research shows college graduates will change their occupation approximately six times during their working lifetime. In short, today's college students face the challenge of preparing themselves to assume occupations which may not exist now!

If you have not made the decision on your major, consider the history and social studies programs at Western Kentucky University. Our graduates have been successful in many fields including business, law, education, communications and government. The skills which are part and parcel of a study of the past can give you the flexibility you will need to achieve in an unpredictable future.

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 Last Modified 11/3/16