As I have been writing and researching the posts in this series I have come across many great history department and career center websites that offer insight into the kinds of work history majors are qualified to perform in today’s marketplace. Here are a few.
The American Historical Association asks “what can you do with an undergraduate degree in history?” It discusses the contribution history majors might make in the fields of education, research, communications, advocacy, and business. Well worth a look.
CNN Money has a great article called “Working Your Degree: Insiders Contest Bad Rap, Tout the Versatility of a History Degree.” The article is about ten years old, but it is still informative.
The University of North Carolina-Wilmington Career Center has a nice page with many links about career opportunities for historians. The Career Center at the University of Washington has a podcast on the subject. Florida Gulf Coast University includes yet another list of history majors who went on to do successful things. It is the most comprehensive one that I have seen. Here is a nice answer to this question from a history professor at Case Western Reserve University. I also found this article on how to market your liberal arts degree to be quite helpful.
History majors at the College of St. Benedicts and Saint John’s University have offered some personal testimony as to how their history degree helped them to prepare for the future. Here is a radio interview with Shippensburg University history professor John Quist. It’s very good.