What Can You Do With a Major in History?

History major careers and jobs

History illuminates every aspect of the human experience — politics, economics, religion, social issues, art and war. Consequently, a history major comes to understand society in a comprehensive way. The study of history mines the storehouse of information about the past and orders that knowledge in logical and meaningful ways. It shapes our human memory and equips us to think critically and constructively about the present and our connections to the past.

These connections are especially great if you’re looking to use your history degree to be an archivist, curator or museum technicians. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says these careers are expected to increase a whopping 20 percent by 2018.

Jobs for history majors

What can you do with a major in history? Not all history majors teach history — although many of ours do continue in the discipline to earn advanced degrees. Those who do have been admitted to graduate school at a rate of nearly 100 percent. Others go to law and medical school, while a growing number go to work immediately after graduation. Some places and professions where you'll find Marquette graduates include:

  • Federal, state and local government
  • Civil Service, FBI, CIA, Foreign Service
  • Libraries and archives
  • Legal profession
  • Judiciary
  • Teaching at all levels
  • Corporations
  • Consulting firms
  • Museums
  • Banks
  • Market research
  • Stockbroker
  • Medicine
  • Journalism and broadcasting
  • Small businesses

Our history majors have also gone on to the following graduate schools:

  • American University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • Georgetown University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Marquette University
  • New York University
  • University of Notre Dame

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