In addition to being a core major for a liberal arts degree, an undergraduate degree in history can lead to work as a teacher, historian, archivist, librarian, information specialist, writer, researcher, or work in government service.
With further study, you can go into college teaching, business, medicine, law, politics, or ministry. Double majors—combining history with one or more such fields—are easily accommodated.
The study of history is an excellent way to develop skills in critical reading and the ability to come to draw conclusions by analyzing and interpreting materials. These skills can serve as a foundation for success in a variety of disciplines.
For example, you can combine your program in history with selected classes in political science, English, speech, and business to prepare for law school. Students have also combined a pre-med program with a history major; in fact, the percentage of those with history majors admitted to medical schools has sometimes been higher than applicants with biology majors.
Because history is one of the best fields in which to receive a broad and liberal education, job opportunities for historians are not limited to teaching and writing history. Training in historical methodology fits persons for many types of historical and non-historical careers outside of teaching. Governmental service offers careers as historians, archivists, information specialists, immigration officers, and social security officials. The Interior and State Departments, Smithsonian Institution, Agriculture Department, Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency also fill positions with persons with historical training. Our students usually do well in the competitive examinations given by the United States Civil Service Commission and by the State Department.
- Advertising departments and agencies
- Airlines, railroads, cruiselines
- Archives, museums, historical associations
- Banks, savings and loans, credit unions
- Environmentally-related firms
- Federal, state, or local governments
- Hospitals and other health care companies
- Hotels, motels, and hospitality industry employers
- Magazines, newspapers, radio stations, cable networks, television stations
- Manufacturing firms
- Not-for-profit organizations
- Professional associations
- Public relations firms
- Schools and universities
- Sports-related organizations
Learn what the American Historical Association has to say about Careers for Students of History.
WSU’s own CougLink offers students and alumni access to job and internship listings nationwide. The site also provides up to date information on career fairs, workshops and other events taking place on campus.
To find out more about the attributes employers are seeking among recent college graduates, visit Job Outlook 2016: Attributes Employers Want to See on New College Graduates’ Resumes.
|Account representative||Human resources professional|
|Administrative assistant||Institutional researcher|
|Admissions officer||Intelligence specialist|
|Art conservator||Labor organizer|
|Bibliographer||Legislative research assistant|
|Career counselor||Loan officer|
|Claims adjudicator||Manufacturer’s representative|
|Collections manager||Market analyst/researcher|
|Communications assistant||Media specialist|
|Conference coordinator||Museum technician|
|Consultant||Nature education interpreter|
|Corporate historian||Network coordinator|
|Counselor||Outdoor education instructor|
|Database/records manager||Park ranger|
|Development associate for research||Pharmaceutical representative|
|Director of visitor services||Project archivist|
|Education programs coordinator||Public relations|
|Educational equipment and supplies salesperson||Radio/TV announcer|
|Financial aid counselor||Researcher (national TV news)|
|Golf Coach||Securities information researcher|
|Government relations||Site manager/administrator|
|Historic preservation planner||Tour director|