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Academic Information: - top


What is History? - top

The discipline trains both the mind and the imagination of those who study it. History imparts the vital skills of discernment and synthesis through critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. In particular, History confronts students with worlds, times, places, and cultures-including their own-in ways they never before considered.

To study history is to affirm the commitment to exploring issues of diversity within both a national and global context. To study history is to engage intellectually in the confrontation of peoples, ideas, and values in part because the past, no matter the society, is a foreign country.


Career Information - top


Possible Job Titles - top

Government/Public Service

  • Policy analyst
  • Paralegal
  • Political campaign coordinator
  • Historic preservation specialist*
  • Attorney*
  • Customs investigator
  • Intelligence specialist
  • Urban planner*
  • Politician
  • Legislative aide
  • City manager*
  • Association executive
  • Information specialist*

Business/Industry

  • Financial analyst
  • Personnel manager
  • Sales/Marketing representative
  • Security officer
  • Loan administrator
  • Insurance agent
  • Corporate trainer
  • Operations research analyst*
  • Travel agent/planner
  • Small business owner
  • Affirmative Action officer
  • Business administrator
  • Human resources manager

Other:

Historic Site Tour Guide    
Media Consultant
Counselor    
Historical Society Staff    
Museum Curator
Criminologist    
Indicter    
Museum Tech. & Specialist
Demographer    
Insurance Agent / Broker    
Park Ranger
Economist    
Intelligence Analyst    
Peace Corps / Vista Worker
Editor    
International Relations   
Psychologist    
Teacher, Social Studies    
Urban Administrator
Public Relations Specialist    
Technical Writer    
Urban Planner
Research Assistant    

Communications

  • Public relations representative
  • Technical writer
  • Research/Technical advisor (films/TV)
  • Columnist/Journalist/Commentator
  • Editor (e.g. textbook, newspaper)
  • Costume designer
  • Journal circulation assistant
  • Acquisitions editor
  • Production manager
  • Advertising account executive
  • Copywriter

Education/Research

  • Archivist*
  • Teacher
  • Museum curator/museum staff*
  • Genealogist
  • Librarian*
  • Biographer
  • Preservation specialist*
  • Foundation administrator
  • Professor*
  • Researcher*
  • College administrator*
  • Historian
  • Political scientist*
  • Anthropologist

Other:

FBI / CIA Agent    
Journalist
Archeologist    
Foreign News Corresp.    
Lawyer
Archivist    
Foreign Service Officer    
Lecturer
Biographer    
Genealogist    
Legal Assistant / Paralegal
Clergy    
Government Official    
Librarian
Community Relations Dir.    
Historian    
Lobbyist
Congressional Aide    
Historic Preservationist    
Market Research Analyst
Consumer Advocate
Travel Agent    
Writer / Author
Political Scientist

Typical Places of Employment - top

  • Archives
  • Public Relation Firms
  • Banks
  • Publishing Companies
  • Business Corporations
  • Travel Agencies
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Government Agencies
  • Colleges and Schools
  • Civil Rights Commission

Other:

Travel and tour services    
Administration & Legislation
Education    
Health and Human Services
Parks & Recreation
Social & Welfare Services    
Transportation
Bureau of the Census    
State and Local Governments
Federal Bureau of Investigation    
Corrections & Court Systems
Museums & Archives    
Housing & Community Development
Political Parties    
Police & Fire Protection

  • Educational Institutions
  • Education Department
  • Foundations, non-profit
  • Justice Department
  • Historical Societies
  • Library of Congress
  • Libraries
  • National Archives
  • Magazines & Newspapers
  • Museums

Other:

Advertising    
Broadcasting
Business and Industry    
Central Intelligence Agency
Department of State    
Media
Paralegal Profession    
Peace Corps / Vista
Public Interest Groups    
Campaigns
Research foundations    
Schools and Universities



Required Skills and Abilities - top

  • Performing ambiguous or abstract tasks
  • Solving problems through thinking
  • Working independently
  • Able to communicate effectively both written and verbal
  • Collecting and organizing data
  • Conducting research and analyses
  • Good analytical skills


Alumni Resources - [Back to Top]

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

ALUMNI NAME GRAD. DATE CURRENT JOB ORGANIZATION
Kelly Hardy 1999 Logistics Management Specialist US Navy (NAVAIR)
Jason McGraw 2004 Director of Student Activities / Assoc. Director of Student Life Haverford College
Michael Torreyson 2001 Charleston Multifamily Program Center Project Manager US Department of HUD
Heather Sharpes 2005 Project Coordinator Management Alternatives


Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field - [Back to Top]

Museum and Preservation Careers

Teaching History as a Career

Legal Careers

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