Academic Information: -
What is History?
The skills you develop in studying history are skills that promise professional success in the information age. The thoroughness of your research, the sophistication of your analysis and the clarity of your expression are what we assess, in much the same way that your employer will down the road. Of course, many of our graduates want to teach history, but the range of options beyond teaching is unlimited. The training you receive in history courses makes you an ideal candidate for many jobs that require problem solving and articulate oral and written communication. Some of our graduates have gone on to leading history graduate programs, including University of Virginia, Rutgers and New York University, as well some of the top law schools in the country. Other students have gone on to successful careers with the FBI, museums, archives, government agencies and other rewarding positions.
Career Information -
Possible Job Titles -
Political campaign coordinator
Historic preservation specialist*
Operations research analyst*
Small business owner
Affirmative Action officer
Human resources manager Other:
FBI / CIA Agent
Foreign News Corresp.
Foreign Service Officer
Legal Assistant / Paralegal
Public Relations Specialist
Writer / Author
Public relations representative
Research/Technical advisor (films/TV)
Editor (e.g. textbook, newspaper)
Journal circulation assistant
Advertising account executive
Museum curator/museum staff*
Political scientist* Other:
Community Relations Dir.
Market Research Analyst
Historic Site Tour Guide
Historical Society Staff
Museum Tech. & Specialist
Insurance Agent / Broker
Peace Corps / Vista Worker
Teacher, Social Studies
*Denotes additional education required
Typical Places of Employment -
Public Relation Firms
Chamber of Commerce
Colleges and Schools
Civil Rights Commission Advertising
Business and Industry
Central Intelligence Agency
Department of State
Peace Corps / Vista
Public Interest Groups
Schools and Universities
Travel and tour services
Administration & Legislation
Library of Congress
Magazines & Newspapers
Health and Human Services
Parks & Recreation
Social & Welfare Services
Bureau of the Census
State and Local Governments
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Corrections & Court Systems
Museums & Archives
Housing & Community Development
Police & Fire Protection
Required Skills and Abilities -
Interviewing and collecting information from people and communicating it to others.
Broad background of general knowledge.
Proficiency for accuracy and detail.
Ability to concentrate for long periods of time.
Performing ambiguous or abstract tasks
Solving problems through thinking
Able to communicate effectively both written and verbal
Effectively explain ideas.
Ability to communicate and present ideas & information.
Ability to analyze and interpret information and ideas.
Ability to accurately identify and evaluate records of past events, ideas and facts.
Collecting and organizing data
Conducting research and analyses
Good analytical skills
Alumni Resources -
(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to
Logistics Management Specialist
US Navy (NAVAIR)
Director of Student Activities / Assoc. Director of Student Life
Charleston Multifamily Program Center Project Manager
US Department of HUD
Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field - Professional Associations:
American Association for State and Local History
Bureau of the Census
Careers for History Majors
h-net Use this site to find internships, jobs, teaching workshops and conferences. You can also use H-Net listservs to network with others in your area of interest. Subscribe tothree H-Net listservs: H-Public (public history news and conferences), H-Museum (international museum news, jobs, internships and conferences) and H-DC (great sources for folks interested in doing history in the District of Columbia.)
Society for American Archaeology
Society of American Archivists
Resources of Historical & Archaeological Societies
American Historical Association Other Career-Related Links:
Museum and Preservation Careers
Teaching History as a Career
Graduate School Assistance