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Alumni Stories

One of the perennial questions asked of our students is "What can you do with a History degree?" This page seeks to answer that question by highlighting a number of our recent alumni. We have had alumni go on to top-rated graduate schools, become teachers, enter government and law enforcement, work with historical preservation, and enter traditional private sector careers!

We are happy to highlight Mr. Matthew Williams. MattWilliams

Matthew (originally from Maud, Texas) graduated with his B.S and M.S. in History (B.S. 2011; M.S. 2013) from TAMUT, and has recently completed a Masters degree in Israeli Studies from the University of Haifa in Israel.

Q. What are you doing now?

I just finished a Masters degree in Israel Studies at the University of Haifa in Israel and am now an adjunct instructor of History at Texas A&M University-Texarkana 

Q. What was the most memorable part of your major?

Getting to know a diversity of people with a diversity of opinions and outlooks. Learning just how much the past and the present are intertwined. I also learned just how much the past has influenced the present and to ignore the past will render one disadvantaged when dealing with the challenges of the future.   

Q. What was the most challenging part?

To be honest, I really enjoyed the program so much that I found the did not see anything as a challenge but as new opportunities to learn more. If there was something that I considered challenging was learning to take immense amounts of taking constructive criticism when working on my projects.  

Q. What skills/knowledge did you gain that prepared you for future endeavors?

The study of history allows one to better understand human nature. By studying history, I have been able to understand just how much the past effects the present and will affect the future. I want to go work in any job that will allow me to focus on the Middle East. 

Q. What are the best reasons for students to study for a History degree?

It will prepare you to better understand human nature and understand the circumstances that different parts of the world now face. I will help you to write and prepare reports in a clear and concise matter. 

Q. Anything else you want to add?

The program is amazing!!

MattArch

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