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History Careers

Students who major in history go on to rewarding careers in a multitude of professions. Graduates find work in high schools, junior high schools, local and state historical societies, museums, libraries, archives, non-profit organizations, government, law firms, think tanks and journalism.  

In fact, many private and public entities looking to fill jobs requiring strong research skills often look to people with history majors. Other graduates continue on to graduate school and aim for positions teaching in community colleges or universities, or they pursue careers in law, education administration and business.

For more information, including lists of job openings for history majors, visit the American Historical Association's "Careers for History Majors."

For more information on graduate studies in history (what to expect, the application process and selecting a school), visit the American Historical Association's article "Navigating the Graduate Admissions Process."  More importantly, talk to a member of the History faculty for more advice. They have all been through the wringer and know the process, the potential pitfalls and the rewards.