What Can I Do With An Undergraduate Degree in History?

 

An undergraduate degree in history is not designed as preparation for a particular profession. Instead, the study of history provides training for any type of work where research and communication skills are important.

SKILLS POSSESSED BY HISTORY UNDERGRADUATES:

Many employers are interested in the skills which history majors tend to possess.

These include:

* research and communication skills
* skills in writing carefully reasoned reports and essays
* knowledge of the history of various geographical areas and time periods
* developing an effective system of investigating a problem
* creativity
* developing an analytical argument
* reading and thinking critically; writing persuasively
* understanding and interpreting the present and the past

 

The Canadian Historical Association has created a page of potential career paths for history graduates. It includes personal stories from many Canadian history grads.
https://historydegreediplomehistoire.blog/

 

SAMPLE JOB TITLES FOR HISTORY UNDERGRADUATES:
(some may require additional education and / or training beyond the undergraduate degree)

educational program director (museum / living history site)
conservator
conservation restoration technician
historical preservation planner
historical projects coordinator
volunteer coordinator (museum / living history site)
historical museum administrative assistant
preservation / restoration assistant
genealogical assistant
history writer
foreign service worker
historic site information officer
carriage tour operator
archivist assistant
historical research assistant
program analyst
institutional researcher
political consultant
survey assistant
historic interpreter
heritage assistant
museum curator
director, heritage and culture agency
legislative correspondent
tour guide / operator
antique dealer

 

AREAS OF EMPLOYMENT: (this list is not exhaustive)

national historic parks
historic sites
travel agencies
research foundations
historical societies / associations
antique collectible shops
heritage / cultural agencies
international / multinational agencies
cultural resource management agencies
small businesses / self-employment (i.e. carriage tour company)
museums
archives
libraries
magazines / newspapers
foreign service
government
historic projects
genealogical services
preservation / restoration services
military (historical research branches)

 

Information provided by Neeti Varma, Career Resource Assistant