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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian10 Jul 2019 6:09 p.m. PST

You were asked – TMP link

Do you have a degree in History?

37% said "I took some history classes in college"
19% said "I have a 4-year degree in history"
11% said "I did not study history in college"

Green Tiger11 Jul 2019 1:16 a.m. PST

History is central to my hobby – it has been said that it's all I talk about (not entirely true but…) I have never stopped studying history – I urge the 11% to do the same…

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Jul 2019 2:36 a.m. PST

Green Tiger

Why must you assume that those of us who didn't take formal courses in history are necessarily less interested or even less knowledgeable ? When I went to university history of conflict was a very rare option on degree courses and in the UK you didn't go through the minors and majors methodology that you do in the States. I've been reading history of one sort or another since I was 11 but it has always been my hobby, not a profession.

Mike Target11 Jul 2019 4:59 a.m. PST

I do have a degree in History…well, technically half of one, the other half being Archaeology…

Garand11 Jul 2019 5:33 a.m. PST

I have a BA in History as well…


Personal logo rampantlion Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2019 7:13 a.m. PST

Minor in history

whitphoto11 Jul 2019 8:56 a.m. PST

Everyone I've ever known has had at least one history course mandatory for a 4 year degree. I took two, I would have take more if I had more electives I could have filled with history classes.

Choctaw11 Jul 2019 11:19 a.m. PST

History was my minor but I actually have more hours in it than my major.

von Schwartz11 Jul 2019 4:40 p.m. PST

After struggling through history in high school the bug bit me in college and I took a number of history courses, even an entire full year 3 course seminar on the history of science and technology.
Getting more history studies in now as a wargamer than some recent history grads.

Oberlindes Sol LIC11 Jul 2019 4:59 p.m. PST

My history advisor remarked that it was the best major, because no matter what you did in life, you could always pick up a history book and understand it. You didn't have to keep up with changing jargons and paradigms.

The extension of that comment is that no matter what you studied, you could always pick up a history book and understand it.

And beyond that, you don't need any specialized skills to write a history book, although you do need deep knowledge of your subject and its milieu, and you need to learn how to do the relevant research.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2019 11:20 p.m. PST

I majored in Grave Irony with a minor in Incongruity.

I hated history and thought computers were boring and pointless, so deliberately avoided either topic in college. Then I launched a tech career in Silicon Valley and began reading history books for fun.

RudyNelson12 Jul 2019 7:35 a.m. PST

A degree in history, and military science. Plus later graduate working in history for teaching.

The Last Conformist14 Jul 2019 12:01 a.m. PST

Technically I took a course in German history at uni. But I'd describe myself as largely self-taught with regard to history – throughout elementary and high school history classes we were mostly studying stuff I'd already read about in greater depth at home, and that uni course was little different.

von Schwartz14 Jul 2019 2:14 p.m. PST

I should think that most, if not all, historical gamers would have a deep serious interest in history although some may be more focused than others on the military side of it.

Bowman14 Jul 2019 3:13 p.m. PST

I have never stopped studying history I urge the 11% to do the same…

That's a bit presumptuous, isn't it?

My history advisor remarked that it was the best major, because no matter what you did in life, you could always pick up a history book and understand it.

I never took history as a major. What a shock to know that I never really understood any of the 100's of history books I've read.

Personal logo ACWBill Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2019 7:52 a.m. PST

BA in History as well.

DaleWill Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2019 5:36 p.m. PST

During college I took a lot of history classes. My prof told me I was only two classes away from my history minor. Since I was finishing my BS in computer science, pre-internet days, I was ready to get out of school. If I known earlier I might have done something g to get the minor.

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