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What Can I Do With A Major In: History


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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.

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Career Information

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Possible Job Titles

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


  • Anthropologist     
  • FBI / CIA Agent  
  • Journalist
  • Archeologist     
  • Foreign News Corresp.   
  • Lawyer
  • Archivist     
  • Foreign Service Officer     
  • Lecturer
  • Biographer     
  • Genealogist     
  • Legal Assistant / Paralegal
  • Clergy    
  • Government Official     
  • Librarian
  • Urban Administrator
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Technical Writer
  • Urban Planner
  • Research Assistant
  • Travel Agent
  • Writer / Author
  • Sociologist


  • 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*


  • Community Relations Dir.
  • Lobbyist
  • Congressional Aide     
  • Historic Preservationist     
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Consumer Advocate  
  • 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     
  • Political Scientist
  • Psychologist     
  • Teacher, Social Studies    

*Denotes additional education required

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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
  • 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
  • Travel and tour services   
  • Administration & Legislation
  • Educational Institutions
  • Education Department
  • Foundations, non-profit
  • Justice Department
  • Historical Societies
  • Library of Congress
  • Libraries
  • National Archives
  • Magazines & Newspapers
  • Museums
  • Education     
  • Health and Human Services
  • Library     
  • 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
  • Legislators    

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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.
  • Decision making
  • Performing ambiguous or abstract tasks
  • Solving problems through thinking
  • Working independently
  • 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

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Alumni Resources  - 

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

Xxamples of SU Alumni and their Jobs





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

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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

Museum and Preservation Careers

Teaching History as a Career

Legal Careers


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