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What educational requirements are there to work as a historian?

Do I need a collage degree or a bachelor degree and what classes do I need to take in high school and college.

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Cam’s Answer

To become a historian, people typically earn an undergraduate college degree and a master's degree. Many historians also earn a Ph. D. in a particular branch of history.
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TLAURENTONI’s Answer

Most historians need a master's or doctoral degree.D. to begin working in the field.A master's degree in history or public history is common among historians.Others earn degrees in related fields like archival management, museum studies, or historical preservation.
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Laura’s Answer

Hi Dennis! I majored in History in college and graduated with a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in History. You would need at the very least a M.A. (Master's Degree) to be a historian, though it's recommended to pursue a PhD (a Doctorate).

For classes, I'd recommend continuing to take History classes for all 4 years in high school. I also recommend taking some Humanities classes as electives, such as Literature, Philosophy and Religion, Political Science, Sociology, Economics, and a foreign language course.

When you're in college, I'd recommend similar courses but with a more laser-focus. Your first two years will most likely be General Ed classes with some courses for your major and minor peppered in. You only really get deep into your major starting in your Junior (3rd year) of schooling. Choose a time period of history you enjoy. You can also select perspectives/lenses of History. See what History was like through the eyes of Women, Indigenous folks, Black Americans, etc.

Don't forget the extracurriculars! You can volunteer to work at your school library (both in high school and college.) Some local history museums also offer docent programs, where you volunteer as a tour guide in the museum. Look for local historical societies and join them to start networking and meeting with real-life historians.

Good luck!
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