"Don't despair if your teen wants to major in history instead of science"
by YorkU History PhD Graduate and now Associate Professor of History (University of Waterloo), Ian Milligan
History is an exciting and dynamic discipline that is always asking fascinating new questions about the past and answering important old questions in new ways. The study of history teaches us to think critically about how the past is fundamentally similar to the present, how the past is utterly different from the present, how the past is profoundly influential in shaping the present, and how the past is recalled and remembered in the present.
History has long been a popular field of study and with good reason. What better starting place can there be for thinking about how to act in the present than to understand how people have acted in the past? What better starting place can there be for thinking about the forces that shape people’s lives in the present than to understand the forces that have shaped people’s lives in the past. And what better way can there be to acquire the skills necessary for succeeding in the twenty-first century - critical thinking, careful reading, energetic researching, analytic writing, and effective communicating - than to choose a major or minor in which all of these are emphasized.