On the lessons of history

Here’s a transcript of the concluding remarks I made today, at the end of my last world history class for the semester. My students are non-history majors who will not be taking many more history courses (if at all). And yet I hope they came to understand the importance of learning history and what lessons […]

5 reasons to add a minor in the humanities or social sciences

It is that time of year when students – at my university and elsewhere – are beginning to register for spring semester courses. This also makes it a good time to reconsider one’s program of study and choice of major/minor. I’ve written before about the virtues of a social science and humanities majors (see […]

Research (again) Values Humanities and Social Science Degrees

Many students come to college not knowing what they want to study, or not sure that their true passion could be translated into a practical career (who hires historians or linguists or anthropologists, right?). So they either consult one of many stupid articles that claim to tell them what are the best (or worst) college […]

72%: No Top-Tier Grad School for Me

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72% of my students don’t believe they could attend a top graduate program even if money wasn’t an issue. That is one finding of a quick survey I ran in class, to which 208 students responded. The results are similar to those I received in prior surveys, and they beg the question: who made our […]

Question #2

Q: I’m a sophomore and haven’t yet decided on a major. My parents and everyone in my family think I should study business so I can get a good job after college. I would really want to study history or anthropology, but I’m afraid I won’t be able to get a job with a liberal […]