As a major or minor in history, you are acquiring the ability to think critically, to write clearly, and to effectively evaluate evidence. You are also learning to do independent research: in the 401 Senior Seminar, you will write a major, original research paper. All of these skills are highly valued by employers in fields like business, law, politics, media, education, government, and public policy. 

What can I do with a history major or minor?


Many employers want to hire students who have done a summer internship. Take a look at these resources for finding internships.

Finding a job

Career Services is a great place to start your job search. At Career Services, you can get help with your resume, attend workshops on finding internships and on searching for jobs, find out more about career paths for history majors and minors. You can start with a fifteen-minute appointment and go from there!

Career Services maintains a database of employers who are looking to hire graduating S.U. students right now. Some have specifically requested history majors and minors. You can access this database, which is called Orangelink, through Myslice.

You can network with history department alums through Career Service’s program ‘CuseConnect.

Thinking about graduate school? Check out these resources.

Arts and Sciences undergraduate majors and minors, including those in history, have a good track record of placing graduates in full-time jobs or in graduate programs.

What did they do after graduation?

Here is a selection of the first jobs and graduate programs history majors have chosen recently.

Classes of 2012 and 2011

Consultant, business consulting firm

Assistant Account Executive, advertising agency

Editorial Associate, online education company

Paralegal, law firm

Teacher, Teach for America

Junior project manager, advertising agency

Intern, online magazine

Graduate student, London School of Economics and Political Science, MA program in Public Administration

Law student, University of Maryland

Legislative Aide, Massachusetts House of Representatives

Junior Account Executive, public relations firm

High school teacher, private school

Financial Advisor Assistant, insurance company

Graduate student, MS/Accounting/MBA, Northeastern University

Graduate student, PhD program in History, University of Wisconsin

These selections are from the survey of graduates conducted by the university. Access the entire survey here.