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What can I do with a major in History?

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Description of History
Possible Job Titles of History Graduates
Possible Employers for History Graduates
Skill Sets and Interests Associated with History Majors
Top Rhodes Career Services Resources for History Majors
Rhodes Campus Contacts Associated with History
Additional Resources/Contacts for History Majors

The information below describes typical occupations and employers associated with this major. Understand that some of the options listed below may require additional training. Moreover, you are not limited to these options alone when choosing a possible career path.

Description of History

The Department of History provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the historical forces that have shaped the world’s civilizations.  Studying history helps one to develop a critical perspective on the world and to understand how one’s own identity and culture relate to those of others.  The Department particularly prides itself on the diversity of its course offerings, its emphasis on faculty and student research, and the opportunities it offers for students to engage in internships in the Memphis community.

Students often wonder what a major in history prepares them to do after graduation.  The best answer to that question is that, like any major in the liberal arts and sciences, history trains the mind.  While learning about the past, history majors develop their reading, writing, presentation, and critical thinking skills—skills which are transferrable to a variety of careers.   Rhodes history majors have gone on to success in a number of fields—business, law, education, the arts, and the non-profit sector.  (For specific information on what our graduates are doing, go to the Department’s Alumni Reflections page.)  Although some of our majors have pursued history-related careers, majoring in history does not limit one’s options to the historical profession.  In fact, majoring in history is one of the best ways to gain a well-rounded, liberal education. 

For specific information about course planning and career options, see Career Planning on the Department of History’s webpage.

 

Possible Job Titles of History Graduates

(*Jobs secured as reported by Rhodes Career Services post-graduate survey)

Accountant*
Admissions Counselor
Advertising Executive*
Analyst*
Archeologist
Archivist*
Athletic Coordinator
Banker*
Biography Writer
Business Owner*
Buyer*
Case Manager
CIA/FBI Agent
City/Urban Planner Clergy
Claims Representative
Clergy*
College Administration
Columnist/Journalist
Commodities Broker
Congressional Staff Aide
Corrections Officer
Criminologist
Curator
Customs Investigator
Dean (college)*
Dispatcher
Docent*
Editor*
Event Manager
Financial Analyst*
Flight Attendant
Foreign News Correspondent
Foreign Service Officer*
Genealogist
Guidance Counselor*
Historical Society Director
History Teacher*
IT Specialist
Journalist
Landscape Architect*
Lawyer*
Lease Administrator*
Legal Assistant*
Librarian*
Loan Officer*
Lobbyist
Logistics Tech*
Manager*
Market Analyst
Marketing Coordinator*
Marketing Representative
Minister*
Museum Director*
Museum Recruiter
Newspaper Reporter
Oral Historian*
Paralegal*
Park Ranger
Peace Corps Volunteer*
Pharmaceutical Sales Rep*
Policy Evaluator
Political Consultant*
Politician
Preservation Specialist
Professor*
Property Manager*
Public Commentator
Public Opinion Analyst
Public Relations Associate
Real Estate Agent*
Recruiting Coordinator
Reporter*
Researcher*
Resident Director
Sales Representative*
Stockbroker
Teacher*
Title Examiner
Trader*
Travel Consultant*
Urban Administration
Wildlife Manager
Writer

Possible Employers & Employment Settings for History Graduates

(*Jobs secured as reported by Rhodes Career Services post-graduate survey)
 
Airlines*
American Arbitration Association
Andersen Consulting
Archives
Banks*
Broadcasting Companies
Businesses and Corporations*
Chambers of Commerce
Christie’s Auction House*
Civil Rights Commissions
Colleges and Universities* 
Communications Agencies*
Community Organizations*
Dept of Community Affairs*
Democratic Consulting Group*
Education Departments     
Government Agencies*
Historical Societies*
Human Service Agencies
Hunt-Phelen House*
Insurance Agencies*
Justice Department
Legislatures
Libraries
Library of Congress
Magazines & Newspapers
Morris Communication
Museums
National Archives
New England Financial
Newnan Times Herald
Non-profit Organizations*
Peace Corps*
Pharmaceutical Companies*
Political Organizations*
Primerica Financial
Prudential Securities
Public Relation Firms
Publishing Companies
Radio/Television Stations*
Real Estate Agencies*
Research Foundations
School Systems*
Southwestern PA Heritage*
Travel and Tour Agencies
United Consulting Group
UNUM*
US Congressman
US Peace Corps
US Postal Service

Skill Sets and Interests Associated with History Majors

  • Able to identify and evaluate events
  • Proficiency in reading comprehension and research
  • Skilled at understanding patterns as they develop
  • Ability to solve problems in a systematic fashion
  • Appreciative of historical events
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • Stimulated by intellectual growth
  • Investigative, likes to think analytically and ask critical questions
  • Strong interest in reading and writing
  • Desire to understand and explain the past
  • Capable of maintaining objectivity
  • Imaginative and able to think outside the box

Top Rhodes Career Services Resources for History Majors

  • Great Jobs for History Majors by Julie DeGalan and Stephen Lambert
  • The Guide that Turns Learning into Earning: Liberal Arts Jobs by Burt Nadler
  • 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For by Leslie Hamilton and Robert Tragert
  • The Book of US Government Jobs by Dennis V. Damp

Rhodes Campus Contacts Associated with History

Career Services
901-843-3800
rhodes.edu/careerservices

History Department
901-843-3662
rhodes.edu/history  

Additional Resources/Contacts for History Majors

American Association for State and Local History Dispatch
American Association of Museums
National Archives
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Organization of American Historians
Society of American Archivists
American Historical Association
Heritage Preservation