History Department: Careers

What can you do with an undergraduate degree in history? Many, many things

As a liberal arts major, of course, the world is your oyster and you can consider a multitude of careers.

Among the jobs you can consider are: advertising executive, analyst, archivist, broadcaster, campaign worker, consultant, congressional aide, editor, foreign service officer, foundation staffer, information specialist, intelligence agent, journalist, legal assistant, lobbyist, personnel manager, public relations staffer, researcher, teacher . . . the list can be almost endless.

More specifically, though, with your degree in history you can be an educator, researcher, communicator or editor, information manager, advocate, or even a businessperson.

Here is a brief list of the career opportunities available to the undergraduate history major. This list is based on a very useful pamphlet, Careers for Students of History, written by Barbara J. Howe and jointly published by the American Historical Association and the National Council on Public History in 1989.

History BAs intending to pursue an advanced degree in history should read the excellent guide, Careers for Students of History, by Constance Schulz, Page Putnam Miller, Aaron Marrs, and Kevin Allen (2002: 64 pages, $7 members, $9 nonmembers. ISBN 0-87229-128-6).

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Historians as Educators

  • Elementary Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Postsecondary Education
  • Historic Sites and Museums

Historians as Researchers

  • Museums and Historical Organizations
  • Cultural Resources Management and Historic Preservation
  • Think Tanks

Historians As Communicators

  • Writers and Editors
  • Journalists
  • Documentary Editors
  • Producers of Multimedia Material
  • Historians As Information Managers
  • Archivists
  • Records Managers
  • Librarians
  • Information Managers

Historians As Advocates

  • Lawyers and Paralegals
  • Litigation Support
  • Legislative Staff Work
  • Foundations

Historians in Businesses and Associations

  • Historians in Corporations
  • Contract Historians
  • Historians and Nonprofit Associations

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