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Why History

History Careers

History Careers

The bachelor's degree in history in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides preparation for advanced training in several social sciences. History majors frequently choose careers in teaching or civil service. Some develop careers in business. History is traditionally a valued background for applicants to law school and graduate schools of administration.

The following information is gleened from the American Historical Association's Web site, which provides in-depth information on the career potential for history majors.

Planning for an Advanced Degree?

History BAs intending to pursue an advanced degree in history may profitably consult the guide Careers for Students of History by Constance Schulz, Page Putnam Miller, Aaron Marrs and Kevin Allen.

Careers for Undergraduate History Majors

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


  • 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