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History Career & Graduate School Opportunities

  • Career fields
  • History professors at Commencement

“The kind of rapport we develop because of the small size of the campus and frequent possibilities for interaction means that I can tailor my recommendations for students’ future plans to the things I know interest them – not to mention that I can really support their applications for graduate school and other opportunities with meaningful advice and letters. These relationships do not end when students leave Morris, and I really enjoy keeping up with my former students’ new experiences.”

—Marynel Ryan Van Zee, former professor

By studying history, students gain the ability to evaluate evidence, untangle conflicting information, and analyze the impact of change and innovation, particularly important in our changing economy. These skills empower Morris graduates to excel in a number of areas, including:

  • Education
    Historians can teach, work in media centers or museums, or conduct historical research for businesses, public agencies, or consulting firms.

  • Banking, marketing, public relations
    Corporations and banks with overseas ties seek employees with knowledge of other cultures and strong writing skills.

  • Media
    Journalism requires an in-depth command of the historical context of local and global issues. As a result, many news outlets employ more historians and researchers than reporters or editors.

  • Law
    Students of history excel in legal professions thanks to their knowledge base, communication skills, critical thinking ability, and thorough understanding of precedent.

  • Government
    A history student who focuses on social or urban history becomes ideally qualified to fill many government positions. A strong investigator is highly prized by legislators needing research for bills. And if you want to join the Foreign Service, you'll be glad you studied history when you take their qualifying exam!

  • Public Service
    Libraries, historical societies, and the National Park Service all require historians to assist with educational programs and to catalog and maintain the ever-increasing archive of documents and artifacts. Work in this area is one of the most important ways history is communicated to the public.

  • Graduate school/Academia
    Morris students majoring in history often attend graduate school; many have become professors at institutions including the University of California-San Diego, West Virginia University, Washington State University, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in history:

"A history degree doesn't narrow your opportunities after college. Instead, the history major opens a world of possibilities for your future. History majors pursue a variety of professions, and the majority rise to high positions in the careers they choose." – Paul B. Sturvevant, AHA

"Employers from a range of backgrounds and industries seek employees with a particular type of postsecondary education—one in which students engage 'in forms of inquiry that train the intellect through a focus on real-world problems that draw the learner into relationship with others.' In other words, employers favor liberally educated job candidates."Ashley FinleyAAC&U