American Historical Association's "Why Study History?"
"Why study history? The answer is because we virtually must, to gain access to the laboratory of human experience. When we study it reasonably well, and so acquire some usable habits of mind, as well as some basic data about the forces that affect our own lives, we emerge with relevant skills and an enhanced capacity for informed citizenship, critical thinking, and simple awareness. The uses of history are varied. Studying history can help us develop some literally “salable” skills, but its study must not be pinned down to the narrowest utilitarianism. Some history—that confined to personal recollections about changes and continuities in the immediate environment—is essential to function beyond childhood. Some history depends on personal taste, where one finds beauty, the joy of discovery, or intellectual challenge. Between the inescapable minimum and the pleasure of deep commitment comes the history that, through cumulative skill in interpreting the unfolding human record, provides a real grasp of how the world works." —Peter Stearns, AHA
"Students of history learn to reach sound judgements by reading widely and weighing evidence with care. They construct persuasive arguments based on research rather than rumor or reflex." —Sarah Fenton, AHA
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Baylor Career Center
The Baylor University Career Center provides professional assistance to all Baylor students through specialized career coaching, top resources, connections with employers, graduate school planning, and much more.
Career Center Success Professionals for Humanities Students
The Baylor University Career Center (BUCC) provides career-related services for all Baylor undergraduate and graduate students. The Career Center is the epicenter for educating, advising, and connecting our students with job and internship opportunities as well as resources for professional development.
The central office is located on the 1st floor, west wing of the Sid Richardson Building with additional offices in Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, Suite 150; Rogers School of Engineering and Computer Science, Suite 220; Baylor Sciences Building (BSB), Room E-128; and Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, 811 Washington Ave., Room 130.
It is never too early to start your journey towards career success. Typically, students think they can wait until they graduate to start the job search and realistically, that can be too late in a competitive market. Start as a freshman by activating your Handshake account, meet with your Career Success Professional (CSP), update your résumé on a regular basis, and begin to build soft skills. By starting early and staying involved, you will learn that there are numerous ways to get you ahead of the game.
Each student has a dedicated Career Success Professional (CSP) to guide them along the way. Your CSP will help identify your career interests, strategize your search for internships and jobs, craft your résumé, and prepare you for success in an upcoming interview or networking event. Stop by the Career Center today or make an appointment online through Handshake to let us help you towards your professional success.
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