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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
Curatorial and Archival Management


Typical Job Titles

Note: Some of these occupations might require advanced degrees

Demographer   Museum Technician
Teacher   Contract Historian
Lawyer   Paralegal
Litigation Support   Legislative Staff Work
Archivist   Librarian
Writers/Editors   Educator at Elementary Schools
Anthropologist   Archaeologist
Artifacts Conservator   Biographer
Cataloger   Classifier
Counselor   Curator
Educator   Field Instructor
Folklorist   Genealogist
Historian   Legislative Aide
Manager of Special Collections   Parks and Recreation
Policy Evaluator   Politician
Program Coordinator   Project Planner
Public Information Coordinator   Records Manager
Research Advisor   Researcher
Social Service Director   Writer
Journalist   Foreign Service Officer
Lobbyist   Historic Preservationist
Consumer Advocate   Historic Site Tour Guide
Media Consultant   Insurance Agent
Park Ranger   Peace Corps/Vista Worker
Editor   Political Scientist
Public Relations Specialist   Urban Planner
Travel Agent   Writer/Author

Typical Employers/Work Settings

Art Galleries
Arts and Humanities Councils
Cultural Heritage Societies
Federal Agencies
Historic Sites
Historical Associations and Societies
Law Firms Public Advocacy Groups 
Library of Congress
Local Government Agencies
National and State Parks
Non-Profit Organizations
Public and Private Schools
Research and Services Institutions
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 Ranges salaries
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. 
Salary Resources

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   

Graduate Schools

Applying To Graduate And Professional Schools

Link To UNF Academic Programs

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


Holland Interest 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