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Building Your Career with a History Major

You probably already know that many U.S. senators, Supreme Court justices, and U.S. presidents majored in history. But did you know that a good number of CEOs at Fortune 500 companies, including Proctor & Gamble, Sony America, and Hewlett-Packard, also studied history in college?

So too have highly successful sportscasters, foreign service officers, educators, television producers, actors, professional athletes, world-renowned chefs, and Pulitzer Prize winning writers.

Rhodes history majors have gone on to success in a number of fields.

When deciding upon a major, students often ask: “What can I do with a history degree?” The answer is simply: what can’t you do with a history degree! The possibilities are as endless as your ambition.

Studying history trains the mind. History majors develop highly marketable skills that employers and graduate school entrance committees desire in their candidates. These include excellent writing, research, critical thinking, oral presentation, and interpersonal skills.

A degree in history cultivates your ability to articulate significant questions, find and evaluate evidence, weigh alternative methods and interpretations, appreciate complexity and ambiguity, draw sound conclusions, and articulate substantive arguments with clarity and precision. These skills prepare you for the global information-based economy while allowing you to pursue your interest in learning about the past.

For additional information about career options for history majors, students should visit Career Services.