What can you do with an undergraduate degree in history?


"The people I work with on a daily basis have a wide range of college degrees, including History.  Outside of actually writing code, many young, trendy software companies are simply looking for intelligent, organized, hard-working people that are willing to learn and be trained." -Mark Ostendorf, Perceptive Software

What can you do with an undergraduate degree in history?

Historians as Communicators: writers; editors; journalists; documentarians; producers of multimedia material; archivists; records managers; librarians.

Historians as Teachers: elementary schools; secondary schools; TESOL in other countries; postsecondary education; service to education (e.g., Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Alliance for Catholic Education); historic sites and museums; education administrators; military officers.

Historians as Researchers: think tanks; data and intelligence analysts; museum and historical organizations; cultural resources managers; historic preservation.

Historians as Advocates: lawyers and paralegals; litigation support; politicians and legislative staff; non-government organization leader; lobbyists; civil servants.

Historians in Business and Associations: businesspeople; data managers; contract historians; market researchers.

What skills will you acquire as a history major?

Effective writing skills

Research skills

Document analysis skills

Critical thinking skills

Ability to synthesize and recognize the interconnection of societies, issues, and events

In your history courses, you will increase your understanding of

politics and government

law and criminal justice

philosophy and psychology

business and economics

people, societies, and religions

art, music, and pop culture

social justice

the complexity of the world today

Thinking about graduate school, but not sure where to apply?  Check out this handy search engine www.historians.org on the American Historical Association's website.

Time Maps and Careers for History Majors

Very interesting article about more opportunities for history majors: http://blog.historians.org/articles/1618/time-maps-and-careers-for-history-majors.

For more information, see the American Historical Association and http://www.historians.org/pubs/free/careers/Index.htm.

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