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History Major

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Possible Job Titles

Historians as advocates, educators and communicator:

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*


  • 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


  • 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


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

*Denotes additional education required

Typical Places of Employment

  • Archives
  • Public Relation Firms
  • Banks
  • Publishing Companies
  • Business Corporations
  • Travel Agencies
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Government Agencies
  • Colleges and Schools
  • Civil Rights Commission
  • Educational Institutions
  • Education Department
  • Foundations, non-profit
  • Justice Department
  • Historical Societies
  • Library of Congress
  • Libraries
  • National Archives
  • Magazines & Newspapers
  • Museums

Typical Work Activities

  • Performing ambiguous or abstract tasks
  • Solving problems through thinking
  • Working independently
  • Collecting and organizing data
  • Conducting research and analyses

Additional Info in Career Services

These publications must be used in the Career Services Office. However there are many brochures and magazines such as Resume Writing, Interviewing and Job Choices that you may take with you.

  • Careers for Legal Eagles and Other Law-and-Order Types
  • Careers for History Buffs and Others Who Learn From the Past


  • Federal Applications That Get Results
  • Great Jobs for History Major
  • Liberal Arts Jobs
  • Red, White and Blue Jobs

To see a complete list of career books located at the Career Services Office click here.

Alumni Resources

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

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

Museum and Preservation Careers

Teaching History as a Career

Legal Careers


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