What Can You Do With A Major In History? 

 

History is an important aspect of liberal arts. It is the study and research of major social, political, cultural, and economic events of the past, providing perspectives on how they have shaped the world. It creates a connection between curriculums, nations, and racial, ethnic, and economic boundaries. The study of history develops civil appreciation and helps to build the skills of analysis, communication, critical thinking, problem solving and research. These skills can be utilized in a wide variety of areas including business, law, politics, social service, and education.

 

Typical Career Paths

Local and State Government
Federal Government
Politics
Law
Non-Profits
Curatorial and Archival Management
Education 

Business
Media

 

 

Some Related Career Titles

(To research these titles and more go to: Occupational Outlook Handbook and see the related print resources in the Career Services Library).  

 

With a Master's Degree 

Demographer

Museum Technician

Teacher

Contract Historians

Lawyers and Paralegals

Litigation Support

Legislative Staff Work

With a Bachelor's Degree 

Archivist 

Librarian 

Writers and Editors 

Educator at Elementary Schools 

 

General Career Directions
Anthropologist
Archeologist
Artifacts Conservator
Biographer
Cataloger
Classifier
Counselor
Curator
Educator
Field Instructor
Folklorist
Genealogist
Historian
Lawyer
Legislative Aide
Librarian
Manager of Special Collections
Museum Technician
Parks and Recreation
Policy Evaluator
Politician
Program Coordinator
Project Planner
Public Information Coordinator
Records Manager
Research Advisor
Researcher
Social Service Director
Writer
 

 

Typical Employers/Work Settings

 
Art Galleries
Arts and Humanities Councils
Colleges/Universities
Corporations
Cultural Heritage Societies
Federal Agencies
Historic Sites
Historical Associations and Societies
Law Firms Public Advocacy Groups
Libraries
Library of Congress
Local Government Agencies
Museums
National and State Parks
Non-Profit Organizations
Public and Private Schools
Research and Services Institutions
Sanctuaries
State Agencies
Legislative, executive, or judicial officials
Political Action Committees
Political Parties
Special Interest Groups
Legal Aid Societies
Historical Associations
Historical Homes
Special Collections
Arboretums, gardens and conservatories
 

 

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Beginning Salary Range: 

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Spring 2008 Salary Survey, beginning salaries for a graduate with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History start at about $35,000 a year. 
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Skills Needed For This Career

 
 

Explaining Ideas

Interpreting events and ideas

Writing and presenting information

Examining evidence

Analyzing ideas and information

Developing a world view

Explaining the present by referring to the past

Decision making

Seeing relationships between factors

 

 

  

Links To Professional Associations 

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
American Association for State and Local History
American Association of Museums 
American Historical Association 
Organization of American Historians
Society for History in the Federal Government 

 

 

Job Search Information 

National Organizations or Databases 
http://www.alhfam.org/?cat_id=216&nav_tree=216 
http://www.globalmuseum.org/
http://historyjobs.org/
http://www.museumjobs.com/us/ 
http://www.publichistory.org/Classifieds/index.asp 
Local Organizations of Databases
http://www.flheritage.com/ 
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/
http://www.museumoffloridahistory.com/
http://www.myflorida.com/
http://tallahasseemuseum.org/ 

 

 

Graduate Schools 

Local Programs - Master of Arts in History and other related programs
University of North Florida
Florida Atlantic University
University of Central Florida
University of West Florida
Other resources for graduate program research
http://www.gradschools.com/ 
http://www.petersons.com/ 
http://www.princetonreview.com/  

 

 

Link To UNF Program 

The  College of Arts and Sciences  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts in  History.  

 

Holland Codes 

History: Social; Enterprising; Investigative (SEI)


Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview with or shadow a professional in the field to gain more knowledge about this career
  • Do at least one internship related to your career goal/program of study before graduating to gain experience
  • Get involved in volunteer work and community service 
  • Develop leadership skills through on-campus activities such as Presidential Envoys, Residence Assistant, Student Government, Peer Advisor, etc.
  • Develop team skills through involvement in student clubs and organizations on campus
  • Join a professional association related to your career choice
 

 

 

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