What Can I Do with a Major in History?

The study of the past prepares students to be informed citizens in the world today. Our classes range from broad surveys to tightly-focused seminars that require students to "do history." The History major prepares students to read intelligently, think critically, and write well. Doing history at this level asks students to move beyond a mere memorization of facts, places, and events.

History majors can*:
  • understand/interpret the present/past
  • examine all pertinent evidence
  • analyze the impact of problems on society
  • develop a world view
  • understand how societies cope with changing circumstances

The great majority of recent graduates have gone on to careers in business, law, government service, and journalism. Although most of these careers require graduate or some specialized undergraduate training, history students have the advantage of a broad, diversified undergraduate education in their applications for graduate and professional schools.

Increasingly, businesses are willing, even eager, to employ liberal arts graduates, who often have a stronger grasp of how society works and better communication skills than do more narrowly focused students.

Most professional historians are educators, holding advanced degrees, and many of our graduates continue their studies.

Career options for History graduates include**:
  • international law and relations researcher
  • intelligence specialist
  • technical writer
  • historical program coordinator
  • museum curator

Additional Resources

*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that History majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to History majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.