I have had an epiphany involving my research of schools in Europe. I’m dissatisfied with the things my school offers for history majors. They only offer a select number of courses and forget specialization when you’re studying history here. Your required to study 2 classes each in three different geographic distributions and after you do that you only have 2 more class slots that are available for you to fill. None of your electives can be history related! What if I want to specialize in a specific area of history? Gah so frustrating! Many European schools that offer liberal arts studies offer a history degree but they also offer more specialized degrees as well as combined degrees that are so much more in depth and flexible than any school I have found in America. You want to specialize in Scottish History, go to Scotland, British History, go anywhere in the UK, Irish or Celtic History, go to Ireland. Not to mention they offer whole degrees around ancient and medieval history. Why can’t America offer that more often? The truth is it’s because not as many people pay attention to history outside of the country and the ones that do study the more widely studied topics. I sat down with my advisor today and that was when i came to the realization that I would be better off studying overseas. The prices are even comparable to studying anywhere in my home state and staying on campus. I don’t know why I didn’t look into all of this before I came to a school that lets me take only 8 actual history courses and forces me to take other classes as electives when I could be taking more history courses. I realize that not all American schools are like this when it comes to certain majors. I’m only talking about my own experience.
What are your thoughts on the subject? I always welcome your comments.