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How do I become a historian?

After studying history in college, do you have to pursue a higher education?

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Terry’s Answer

Do the history thing as a secondary idea. Get your first important what-you-want-to-really-do degree and only THEN get something like a history degree so you can be a teacher at SOME POINT in your life. In other words, get a real job/degree and leave the teaching to struggling artists. You are going to need gobs of money in the future to prepare for your retirement and your health care needs. I am a historian by hobby and in truth probably have a masters degree in my head, but my specialties are ancient medieval to future-era technology, and all things military to boot.
Thank you comment icon Hi Terry, if history is the what-you-want-to-really-do degree, what path would Isabella need to take to become a historian? Can you expound on that? Sharyn Grose, Admin
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Xiaojie Johan’s Answer

Hello Isabella,

Thanks for asking. It depends on what your definition of a historian is. If you want to work in academic and be an academic historian, you must obtain a PhD from a very good school in order to have a chance at that. If you want to work at a museum or something like that, you might not need a PhD to get there, a bachelor's degree or maybe a master's degree will get there. If your question is about being a "historian", then yes, you might need a graduate degree beyond a bachelor's degree. I'd talk to your advisor in your undergraduate institution about that. He/she will know more about the career paths.

Hopefully this helps.

Best regards,

Johan
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Rafael’s Answer

To become a historian, it is generally recommended to pursue higher education beyond college. After studying history in college, you can choose to pursue a graduate degree, such as a Master's or Ph.D., in history. This advanced education allows you to specialize in a specific area of history and develop advanced research and writing skills. Gaining practical experience through internships or working at historical organizations can also be beneficial. Publishing your research and presenting at conferences are important for sharing your findings with the academic community. Lifelong learning and staying updated on new research are also important for historians. However, it's worth noting that there are alternative career paths within the field of history that may not require as much formal education. Best of luck!
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