History is our engagement with the past. Through the exploration of past worlds you will learn about the origins of today, but also how to interrogate the present and the future. The study of history will teach you to think in a broad yet precise manner, to sift and process ideas and to make connections and challenge preconceptions.
In addition, many of the skills you develop while studying history will also equip you for a future career. Undergraduate history courses specifically invest in transferable skills such as time management, project planning, group work, oral and written expression, focussed research and presentation. Such skills will be appealing to employers in many fields.
Undergraduates who study history at St Andrews have traditionally moved into a very wide range of careers on graduating. Some stay in academic life, perhaps proceeding via a postgraduate training degree to doctoral study either in St Andrews or at another university. Other students have often progressed to postgraduate qualifications in teaching, in law or in accountancy. But the range of possibilities opened up by a degree in history is vast – recent history graduates have, for example, worked for art galleries and auction houses, in journalism and the media, for financial institutions and the revenue service and in sales and in marketing.
While undergraduate study is certainly challenging and rewarding in itself, students at St Andrews are also strongly encouraged to think and prepare for their future while they progress through their degree. The University Careers Centre is well positioned to advise and support students at all stages of their study.