Good question that can be answered by many ancient historians, although many critics would say it all happened a long time ago so why rake up the past? Others would perhaps say who cares about the past I'm too busy living my own life!
The Spanish philosopher George Santayana quoted "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to fulfil it".
If you stop and think for a moment you will realise why history is so important in our lives and society:
The key skills that students will need if they wish to study history are:
Students who study history will be expected to do a lot of independent work and independent thinking as well as a good deal of reading and writing. The ability to persuade through reasoned argument is invaluable in many areas of life.
The study of history creates good business people, professionals and political leaders. Most people who study history do not become professional historians but find that their experience is directly relevant to jobs in a variety of careers as well as to further study in fields like law or public administration. Historical study is unquestionably an asset for a variety of work and professional situations, even though it does not, for most students, lead as directly to a particular job slot, as some technical fields do. But history particularly prepares students for the long haul in their careers, its qualities helping adaptation and advancement beyond entry-level employment.