This major includes the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. Poised between the humanities and the social sciences, the study of history demands the capacity to think clearly and incisively, the willingness to evaluate evidence objectively and impartially, and the ability to write fluently and persuasively.

Many students rely upon a major in history as preparation for a career in teaching as well as graduate study in law, business, public administration, international relations and theology. A small number pursue graduate degrees in history itself. Other history majors seek postgraduate employment in business management, advertising and public relations, government service, museum and archival work, editorial and publishing work, park interpretation and administration, non-profit organizations, and professions requiring research and bibliographic skills. By acquiring familiarity with people in diverse times, places and circumstances, students of history develop a sophisticated human empathy which is the key to good scholarship and good citizenship alike.

What do you want to do with History?

Career ideas for History majors

Archivist, Curator, Editor, Federal Agent, Grant Writer, Historian, Importer/Exporter, Intelligence Specialist, Lawyer, Librarian, Lobbyist, Paralegal, Pollster, Publisher, Researcher, Restoration Specialist, Teacher, and more

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