What can I do with a major in History?

History, as a basic liberal arts discipline, is interrelated with the other social sciences and provides the student with numerous options for professional development. These options include graduate studies and research, social research, teaching, law, and governmental service among others. In addition, the Alvernia University program in Social Studies provides academic preparation necessary for application for teacher certification in Pennsylvania.

Students considering a major in this liberal arts area may want to ask themselves if they are committed to working in the field of history: that is, actually working with historical information and issues at libraries, museums, classrooms and the like. Or is the information of history simply the training ground for building the skills of analysis, communication, critical thinking, problem solving and research, which can be utilized by a wide variety of employers in a host of industries?

While this decision does not need to be made prior to beginning a course of study in history, questions regarding course choices, research opportunities, internship credits and graduate school will be impacted differently by each focus or goal.

Strategies

• Get experience in student government
• Plan on attending graduate or professional school
• Take courses in business, communication, education
• Develop or enhance ability to speak foreign language(s)
• Gain internship experience in government agencies
• If interested in teaching, obtain certification to teach in your state
• Strengthen computer skills
• Become familiar with public history


Career Titles
Advertising Executive
Advocate
Analyst
Anthropologist
Archeologist
Archivist
Biographer
Broadcaster
Campaign Worker
Clergy
Community Relations Director
Congressional Aide
Consumer Advocate
Counselor
Consultant
Criminologist
Demographer
Economist
Editor
FBI/CIA Agent
Foreign News Correspondent
Foreign Service Officer
Foundation Staffer
Genealogist
Gerontologist
Government Official
Historian
Historic Preservation
Historic Site Tour Guide
Historical Society Staff
Human Service Worker
Indicter
information Specialist

Insurance Agent/Broker
Intelligence Analyst
International Relations
Journalist
Judge
Lawyer
Lecturer
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Librarian
Lobbyist
Market Research Analyst
Media Consultant
Museum Curator
Museum Technician
Newspaper Reporter
Paralegal Assistant
Park Ranger
Peace Corps/Vista Worker
Personnel Manager
Political Scientist
Psychologist
Public Administrator
Public Relations Specialist
Research Assistant
Research Library Assistant
Sociologist
Teacher, Social Studies
Technical Writer
Travel Agent
Urban Administrator
Urban Planner
Writer/Author
Travel and Tour Services



Professional Organizations

American Association for State and Local History
1717 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37203-2991

American Historical Association
400 A Street, S.E.
Washington, DC 20003-3889

American Studies Association
1120 19th Street NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC  20038

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Organization of American Historians
112 North Bryan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47408-4141

Society of American Archivists
17 North State Street, Suite 1425
Chicago, IL 60602-3315

Web sites

American Association for State and Local History: Jobs
Careers for History Majors
Museum Employment Resource Center



Contact Information

 

Megan Adukaitis
Director of Career Development


Career Development Office:
Bernardine Hall, Suite 103
Phone: 610-796-8225
Fax: 610-790-1968

Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Evening hours by appointment.

Email: career.services@alvernia.edu