Careers in History
In addition to being a core major for a liberal arts degree, an undergraduate degree in history can lead to work as a teacher, historian, archivist, librarian, information specialist, writer, researcher, or work in government service.
With further study, you can go into college teaching, business, medicine, law, politics, or ministry. Double majors—combining history with one or more such fields—are easily accommodated.
The study of history is an excellent way to develop skills in critical reading and the ability to come to draw conclusions by analyzing and interpreting materials. These skills can serve as a foundation for success in a variety of disciplines.
For example, you can combine your program in history with selected classes in political science, English, speech, and business to prepare for law school. Students have also combined a pre-med program with a history major; in fact, the percentage of those with history majors admitted to medical schools has sometimes been higher than applicants with biology majors.
Because history is one of the best fields in which to receive a broad and liberal education, job opportunities for historians are not limited to teaching and writing history. Training in historical methodology fits persons for many types of historical and non-historical careers outside of teaching. Governmental service offers careers as historians, archivists, information specialists, immigration officers, and social security officials. The Interior and State Departments, Smithsonian Institution, Agriculture Department, Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency also fill positions with persons with historical training. Our students usually do well in the competitive examinations given by the United States Civil Service Commission and by the State Department.
Advertising departments and agencies
Airlines, railroads, cruiselines
Archives, museums, historical associations
Banks, savings and loans, credit unions
Federal, state, or local governments
Hospitals and other health care companies
Hotels, motels, and hospitality industry employers
Magazines, newspapers, radio stations, cable networks, television stations
Public relations firms
Schools and universities
Development associate for research
Director of visitor services
Education programs coordinator
Educational equipment and supplies salesperson
Financial aid counselor
Historic preservation planner
Human resources professional
Legislative research assistant
Nature education interpreter
Outdoor education instructor
Researcher (national TV news)
Securities information researcher