Employment Outlook

  • Because of its breadth, its concern with people and their institutions, and its essential connection with language, the study of history prepares a person for a considerable number of occupations and professions to which these qualities are essential. Thus, a concentration in history is an excellent, generally well-recognized and often ideal way to prepare one for many vocations, besides teaching. Moreover, those who wish to prepare for graduate or professional courses dictated by special interests, is one of the most flexible preparatory programs for future study in many fields. Law schools in particular look upon a major in history as one of the best means to prepare for training in that profession.

    Specific career opportunities exist in the areas of teaching (at all levels), public historian and archivist, library work, educational and public administration, museum work, social service occupations and urban planning. History is also an excellent preparation for most positions in the federal, state, and local governments. Specifically, government intelligence work and the foreign service demand preparation in history. Other areas include politics, public relations, advertising, banking, journalism, editing, fund-raising, and related fields. The Department has recently placed students in graduate programs in the areas of Law and International Studies, and Museum Studies. Recent graduates are utilizing their archaeology background and museum skills to work as researchers.