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September 24, 2018 Special Series: Building Connecticut's Workforce Pipeline

Making a history degree more practical

Matt Warshauer, History Professor, Central Connecticut State University

College-industry partnerships, at least in one case, have made a seemingly impractical major a lot more practical.

Central Connecticut State University introduced its master’s degree program in public history about 12 years ago, said Matt Warshauer, a CCSU history professor. While a history major is sometimes derided as a degree useful only for people intent on entering academia as a profession — teaching the subject they learned — CCSU connects students with organizations like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which does historical surveys of storm damage, and architectural firms that do historical restorations.

“It’s not us just training people and saying, ‘go out there and try to find a job.’ It’s us working with organizations,” Warshauer said. “We’re constantly talking to (companies and organizations), and asking them about their needs, what do they want students to know?”

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