Degree program at Bay College

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Why History?

Historians study how people in the past shaped the world around them and, long-term, impacted our lives today. They access, organize and evaluate documents such as:  newspapers, oral accounts, diaries, public records, and letters. They must determine the validity, accuracy, and relevancy of sources, before use in: museum displays, classrooms, publications, government or private-sector reports, and other types of history-based work.

Historians develop theories to explain past events based on their research. Often, they examine the relationship between past and current events, providing context for modern issues.  While most professional historians teach in colleges and universities, many also independently write articles and books.  Some historians serve as consultants to editors or on television, film, and stage productions to ensure that past portrayals are accurate.  Others with an interest in history enjoy working as genealogists, tracing family stories.  Historians also study and help to preserve documents, artifacts, buildings, and other important sites.  Some may work for publishing firms, news bureaus, and at federal and state agencies.  Many with an interest in history also enter the library, museum, archival, and records-keeping fields.


Why Bay College?

The History program at Bay College provides students with the opportunity to start their history studies in a supportive environment with individualized attention and smaller class sizes. In addition to the study of history for general-education purposes, students majoring in history or education will benefit from the role modeling of best-practice teaching methods, both online and on campus.  Students will learn from a faculty member who is professionally trained and credentialed in the fields of history and education. So, as you can see, studying history is not just about acquiring knowledge of the past. It is about developing important life-skills to empower yourself in the present! 

Did you know that many CEOs have had history-related undergraduate degrees? Why would this be?  History teaches us to: think critically and globally, determine the accuracy and reliability of sources and information, analyze cause-effect dynamics, examine the reasons behind long-term trends, and understand human behaviors and choices in a variety of contexts, both individually and collectively.   No matter what your major, you will benefit from taking Bay College’s history courses.  And, when combined with another major or field of study, history courses give students a competitive, soft-skills edge for careers in: business, marketing, finance, science, engineering, art and design, political science, education, social work, psychology, and many others.

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Beyond Bay College

Students interested in transferring to a four-year institution to obtain a bachelor's degree or higher may find opportunities in the following areas of study:

  • Education
  • Architectural History
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Historic Preservation
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Archivist
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Public and Applied History

Career Opportunities

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