What Can You Do with a History Major?

studyDegree, Skills or Experience Needed for Beginning a Job in This Field:
A bachelor's degree is often sufficient for entry-level openings in management training programs, paralegal work, teaching, and some government and business jobs. A History major is considererd highly desirable for further study in law, history, library science, archival and museum work, public administration, public management, urban planning, political science, theology, international studies, and similar fields. Employment as a professional historian in teaching, publishing, or government usually demands education beyond the Master's degree.

Kinds of Work Available to Graduates in this Major:
The nature of training in History may help you to do better in any and every field. It has specific relevance to work as a historical writer/researcher in government and business; as a museum curator or archivist; as a teacher or professor; as a government official or worker at the local, regional, state, national, or international level (in archives, embassies, consulates, or information offices). Many graduates today choose further education in law or international studies to pursue their history-based careers.

Potential Hiring Institutions:
Businesses, corporations, museums, libraries, archives, cultural foundations, governmental and public agencies, colleges, law firms, television, radio, newspapers, magazine and book publishers, international organizations, travel agencies, primary and secondary schools, education, agencies and foundations, research institutions, historical associations and societies.

Notable Alumni

Jessica Chapman, '00
Assistant Professor of History
Williams College

Nathan Baylor, '00
Directof of Information Technology
Avalon Risk Management, Inc.

Vanessa Burrows, '00
Legislative Attorney
American Law Division
Congressional Research Service

Cristal Brisco '03
Barnes & Thornbury