Using Your HIST Degree

This page will help you understand the ways your History degree has helped you to become career-ready. Read more about the skills you have developed studying History, and develop the confidence to talk to others about what you know you can do because of your studies.

How your CHSS degree prepares you for a career of your choice

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at George Mason University is the home of the University’s liberal education curriculum. This curriculum focuses on students’ intellectual and personal development, providing them with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) and subject matter expertise through in-depth study in a specific area of interest.

Employers agree that those who succeed academically within their field, but also possess a broad knowledge base in other areas, are more desirable employees. The education CHSS provides for all students, helps them develop necessary transferable skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.

A CHSS education is essential for Mason students’ success in a global economy, preparing them to navigate complexity, diversity, and change. Students develop a sense of social responsibility and for informed citizenship.  

Adapted from “What Is a Liberal Education?” Association of American Colleges & Universities.

History majors know...

  • a broad range of historical knowledge and understanding, including a sense of development over time, and an appreciation of the culture and attitudes of societies
  • the significance and utility of a large body of material, including evidence from a variety of sources and the interpretations of other historians, and how to critically evaluate them
  • The historical forces that have influenced groups, societies, and nations in the past, as an essential framework for addressing and resolving contemporary challenges

History majors can...

  • organize data, and analyze and interpret its authenticity and relative significance.
  • conduct historical research as a basis for the identification, conservation, and reconstruction of historic places and materials.
  • present historical accounts of individuals or social, ethnic, political, economic, or geographic groupings.
  • trace historical development in a particular field, such as social, cultural, political, or diplomatic history.
  • articulate historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  • gather relevant historical data and evidence from sources (e.g. archives, court records, diaries, news files, photographs, books, pamphlets, and periodicals) to inform and support well-written, clearly expressed, coherently organized arguments