Are you considering what career path to pursue?

Have you completed your A levels or National Diploma and are contemplating whether to get a job or further your studies? The decision to get a job, an apprenticeship, or enhance your intellectual capability is up to you. While choosing to study is beneficial, it comes with its challenges such as accommodation, scholarship, loan, admission deadline etc.

In a country like Nigeria, there are preconceived notions of courses that would get you a good-paying job. Unfortunately, History is not one of these High in-demand courses. Thus, many Nigerian students have their doubts and scepticisms about having a bachelor’s degree in History.

If you wish to study History despite popular beliefs and are wondering how beneficial it is, this article will cover its advantages.

Why Do We Study History?

Besides being an interesting and educative course to study, the subject has additional benefits that will prove helpful in your life. Unlike popular opinion, Historians are very productive in the job market. So ditch the advice of naysayers and study what you love. Below are some of the many advantages of studying this course at the undergraduate level.

If you've ever wondered why you're not a good speaker or writer, the reason might be your indifference towards History. While studying for a History degree, you will take surveys, write research papers and thesis, and present seminars, debates, and lectures. These activities would help to improve your writing and speaking skills, thereby improving your oratory and writing proficiency.

This academic subject also teaches you academic research, observation, and subjective and objective critiquing of events. A historian isn't an average thinker neither is he a believer of fallacious statements. Instead, he is a critical thinker who alludes to the past to analyze the present and project the future.

Furthermore, knowing history helps you avoid repeating past mistakes that were once made. Great political leaders are either historians or have advisers who are. Either you're a political leader or an ordinary civilian, there's a wealth of knowledge in history. The past helps to shape the present.

Some of the world's most influential leaders have a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. They include George Bush, Prince Henry of Cambridge, and the former Prime Minister of Britain Gordon Brown.

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History gives us an insight into the future. Photo Credit: Unsplash.

History-Related Jobs

For History postgraduates, there are various sectors they can work in and they include the following:

  • Government position: Department of Immigration & Aboriginal Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs.
  • Education: Lecturing and Teaching.
  • Museum
  • Library & Archive
  • Media: Journalism
  • Planning & Heritage Consultancy
  • Project management
  • NGO
  • Research Assistant in Government Agencies and the National Assembly

Having a bachelor’s degree in History might sometimes not be enough to secure the aforementioned jobs. However, pursuing a postgraduate degree and bagging a first-class in History would surely increase your employability opportunities.

Benefits of Studying in Abuja

Being Nigeria’s second-largest city and capital, Abuja has exciting hangout spots, conducive learning environments, and quality education standard. Abuja is easily accessible by road, air, and rail. Precisely 15 different airlines make trips to and fro the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

Abuja offers you some of the highly ranked universities and tertiary institutions in the country. Some of them include the Nile University of Nigeria (25th position), University of Abuja (26th position), African University of Science and Technology (34th position), Veritas University, and Baze University (35th position).

Away from academics, we all need some distraction from the overwhelming lectures and assignments imposed by lecturers. So, if you wish for a thrilling bowling experience, Trukadero Place is for you. For spa, gym, and club freaks, Blucabana is a hangout spot you should consider visiting. If you love nature and need a soothing environment for yoga, meditation, and relaxation, you should visit Millennium Park.

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History helps to shape the present. Photo Credit: Unsplash.

Beyond Your Career: The Additional Functions of History

If you believe you need this degree just to get a job and pay your bills, you’re wrong! You can do more. Besides the obvious benefits scholars derive from studying History, History is applicable to our world.

History improves decision making. In George Santayana’s words, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” This means that knowing the past helps you avoid repeating past mistakes, thereby improving the decisions you make. A perfect example is Nigeria’s judiciary system.

Additionally, it helps you understand yourself. Knowing your origin gives you a deeper meaning of who you are. Reading about how Nigeria gained her independence in 1960 will give the adjective “Nigerian” a different meaning. Knowing that Nigeria was colonised by Britain will explain why the English language is your L2. Reading about the coup d’etat in Nigeria would explain why Nigeria holds elections and practices democracy. All of these would help you better understand yourself, your culture, and nation.

Abuja Art History Courses

Whether you are interested in civilisation, independence, history, international relations, politics, Abuja schools have your back.

 

University History courseUniversity of Abuja – History and Diplomatic Studies (B.A.)

Veritas University – History and International Relations (B.A.)

Adult LearnersAbuja National Open University under the Faculty of Education
A and AS-Level ProgrammesTry the Regent College Abuja
EveryoneBrowse through Superprof for private tuition.

Adult History Education

Completing your undergraduate programme doesn’t mean you are done studying. Continuing with your Master's degree is a step further in the right direction if you have your first degree in History.

Study for a Master’s History Degree with the National Open University

If you wish to multitask by studying remotely and keeping your job, then the Abuja National Open University may be for you. Here, you can take a History course with the course code EDU 760 (History Methods) under the faculty of education. You would take this two-unit course for two semesters with the lectures covering history theories, concepts, and periods. Besides lectures, it is a research-intensive course that requires facts and evidence of events. Taking an advanced History course such as this will widen your foundational pre-historic and historic analysis of happenings.

Note that before you can gain admission into NOUN, there are certain academic entry requirements. Also, you must be computer literate, capable of speaking English, and a have stable internet connection.

Take an A and AS Level in History at Regent College Abuja

Irrespective of your age, you can take A or AS Level tuition at the Regent College Abuja. This school has 81 certified teachers, 100 partner universities, 15 international awards, and 251 students. Here, you will find courses that interest you, especially History, and those you need to gain admission into a national or international university.

To qualify for their one-year or two-year Cambridge A-Level programme, you must have the required IGCSE qualification.

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History informs us of the past. Photo Credit: Unsplash.

Study History at the Veritas University Abuja

History and International Relations is a course under the Department of Arts and Theological Studies. You can gain admission into this department by Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), Direct Entry, or Inter-university Transfer. For UTME mode of entry, you need 5 WAEC/NECO/GCE credit passes in Geography, English Language, Government or History, and two more subjects.

There’s no better way to learn how to study History than studying at the university for four years. In your first two years in the department, you'll be taught historical craft techniques, histories of major countries, and major International Relations concepts. In this university, there are no online history courses available so you stick to having physical history classes. In your last two years, however, you'll major in your desired area. In these last two years, you can specialize in either of the following:

  • Historiography and Historical Methods
  • Africa
  • International Relations
  • Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas

Veritas University – History BA

 

“In addition to giving the students a thorough understanding of the history of Nigeria, Africa and contemporary issues in international relations, students will acquire the skills to critically and rigorously analyse local and global historical movements that have shaped and continue to shape the lives of ordinary people in Nigeria Africa and the world over.

In addition to the intellectual alertness that arise from the knowledge of history; students will also acquire the analytical faculty to and balanced judgement in readiness for research, administrative and managerial responsibilities. Students are also expected to acquire the awareness on how the realities of our contemporary world necessitate comparative study of other major areas of Europe and Asia and the new insights into the main political, social and economic forces that have shaped specific historical events and also how these historical events and other factors have enhanced or impeded world historical development.”

 

Private History Classes with Superprof

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If you need tailored tuition - be it for university admission, revision, personal pleasure, professional examination - then you have every reason to consider Superprof. Whether you wish to take History courses online or stick to physical history lessons, we've got you covered. The location and time flexibility, affordability, and education quality are second to none.

 

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