Rachael Hendriks - Why is History so important?

January 1 2020
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Why is History so important?

Studying history offers a range of transferable skills. Abilities like critical thinking can be applied anywhere, whatever path you choose after your undergraduate degree. History offers the opportunity to assess evidence, write cogently, communicate and conclude arguments. This approach refines the skills you may have learnt at A-Level or in previous studies to meet the university’s guidelines and produce work you are proud of. It also involves…

-    Oral and written communication.

-    Independence.

-    Comparison and contextualisation.

-    Research skills.

Historical thinking can develop all of these areas. But why study History at Herts?

The jump from A-Level to University can be intimidating especially with different exam styles that you might not be used too. However, the staff in the Humanities department are always on hand to support you. At Levels 4 and 5 (years one and two), there are specific modules dedicated to developing your personal skills and academic writing. At Level 6 (final year) if you choose to write a dissertation, a tutor can provide support. When I joined the Humanities department I was concerned my academic writing was lower level. With one-to-one sessions from the university’s academic tutor, support from the teaching staff and assignment feedback, I soon understood what was expected from me and how to refine my writing. Studying History at Hertfordshire offers the skill set necessary to progress and move forward in your career, wherever that may take you.