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?
- Here are some of the first jobs that recent history majors and minors have landed.
- Check out profiles of some of our graduates in the boxes.
- Take a look at this chart of career paths for history majors and minors courtesy of Career Services.
- Check out the American Historical Association’s website about careers for history majors.
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.