History majors who do not become teachers are qualified for careers that require a solid liberal arts training with an emphasis in history. Such careers include positions with government agencies such as the U.S. State Department, Customs Service, and Immigration and Naturalization Service, and with businesses that conduct international trade. Skills acquired through the program include analytical thinking, creative thinking, and the ability to address problems from many perspectives. History is also an excellent background for careers in communication because a knowledge of history lends a depth of understanding to print, broadcast, and web journalists.
Students who choose graduate school typically pursue advanced degrees in history, law, or related fields.
Social studies education majors are qualified to teach social studies, including history, in middle and high schools.
As preparation for doctoral study, law school, or professional positions in a variety of fields, an advanced study of history is a valuable asset. Graduates are employed in public service, public policy, foreign affairs, international business, and research and teaching positions. They also work as library professionals, journalists, and administrators. Museum studies opens up opportunities for those with varied backgrounds to serve as archivists, curators, and museum administrators. For teachers, this option can provide specialized knowledge and resources that enrich and expand classroom experiences.
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