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With a profound passion for the past and the people who made it happen, the history buff loves to read, speculate on the causes of events, and apply the lessons of the past to current affairs. Here are four degree paths that are particularly appropriate if you’re one of those people who has a real flair for studying the past.

Bachelor’s Degree in History with Teaching Credentials

Like many degrees in the humanities, the bachelor’s degree doesn’t always come with specific career opportunities attached. But if you enjoy sharing your passion for the past with others, teaching may be the route for you. Many universities offer degree programs that allow you to major in a given area of history, such as contemporary America or the European Middle Ages, and at the same time earn a certificate for public-school teaching.

If you’d rather teach at a college or university, a master’s degree or doctorate will be necessary; a number of academic institutions have developed online programs leading to an MA or PhD in specific historical areas, such as the online master’s degree in American history at Norwich University.

Master’s Degree in Museum Studies

Museologists are trained to create museum displays, handle artifacts, and promote exhibits to the public at large; some are also involved in art restoration. If you’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree in history, then further education in museum studies will open the door to a career in which you’ll make your history passion come alive for others.

Associate’s Degree in Journalism

History buffs love to analyze events and draw conclusions about cause and effect. These are skills taught in journalism programs, making a degree in this field particularly appealing to the history aficionado. Journalists research and write the stories you read in the newspaper and hear on radio and television. An AA degree can get you into an entry-level position, one that allows access to the very heart of the events that make history.

Master’s in Library and Information Science

Without the ancient Assyrian king Ashurbanipal’s library, we wouldn’t have the epic of Gilgamesh. And without librarians trained in techniques of information and archive management, we’d have a lot less access to crucial data today. A commitment to preserving information and making it accessible to others, the basic focus of library science degree programs, goes hand in hand with a love of history.

A passion for history can guide you in a number of directions. The four degree programs listed here will give you some areas to consider.

This article was contributed by guest author Anica Oaks.

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Pursuing a master’s degree can be a very rewarding experience. The challenge of earning your master’s degree not only makes you a better-rounded individual, but opens the door to higher earning potential and better job offers. If you’re planning on getting your Master’s degree and are considering the different courses of study available to you, check out our seven reason to get a Master’s degree in American History:

1: Versatility

A master’s degree in American history can be applied to a wide array of professional fields. Whether you want to go into research, writing, government, publishing, banking, or teaching, this degree will help you get there.

2: Competitive Advantage

The careers listed above are just a few of the many careers you can pursue with a master’s in American history. Regardless of your chosen field, earning this degree will give you a significant leg up on your competition in the applicant pool. Many hiring decisions are made by very slim margins, and showing your ability to think critically while working diligently is your opportunity to separate yourself from the competition.

3: Wide Knowledge Base

A master’s in American history will give you a legitimately wider knowledge base that will prove useful in daily occurrences. Being able to draw from factual information and events in America’s history will enhance your performance at work. For instance, the degree can make a lawyer more persuasive, or a broadcaster more accurate.

4: Pay Increase

Not only will you be a more attractive job candidate, but you’ll be better compensated as well. Studies have shown that completing a master’s degree in American history will earn you a higher salary than other humanities degrees.

5: Specialization

A master’s in American history offers various areas of specific study that allow you to explore your intense interests, whether that be a specific period in American history, studying presidential history, or any other segment of the country’s past.

6: Skill Development

Your coursework will challenge you, but it will help you develop and sharpen your skill set, from critical and analytical thinking to writing and comprehensive skills. You will grow both personally and intellectually.

7: Reduced or Free Tuition

Master’s programs usually offer stipends for students that cover most of if not all tuition fees. So, not only will your degree earn you a higher paycheck, but many times you can earn the pay bump for little to no cost.

For those interested in furthering their education, earning your master’s American history offers a plethora of benefits, and is a truly rewarding experience.

This article was contributed by guest author Lizzie Weakley.