Career Development

Career Planning

History Major Career planning Options

  • History
  • Social Studies Education (see also Education major)

History encompasses relics, events, places, and people of the past. History majors learn to document, understand, analyze and appreciate events that have taken place. They gain the ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to draw conclusions based on their findings. Since historical recollections are often colored by the biases and influences of the “rememberers” themselves, history majors develop a sense of perspective. Through armchair research as well as hands on research, they learn to place people, events and artifacts in time relation to their setting and to assign to them a sense of their relative importance. Visit Rivier’s History, Law and Political Science Department for information on degrees  and course offerings. 

History Major Skills 

Oral & Written Communication Analytical Thinker
Decision-Making Read & Concentrate Extensively
Detail Oriented Organize & Analyze Data
Interviewing Skills Interpret Past & Present Events
Understand Societal Changes Appreciate Diverse Perspectives
Forecast Shifts in Political & Consumer Views Conduct & Explain Research
Document Evident Conclusions Creativity & Curiosity

*Social Science Education majors should also develop skills involving creativity, planning, and the ability to adapt teaching methods and modalities to the various learning styles of students. 

 Career Paths in History 

Careers for new history graduates are diverse and dependent upon one’s interests, abilities, work values, academic emphasis and practical experience in the field. History is at the heart of traditional liberal arts education and offers skills of great interest to employers. History majors are employed in a wide variety of fields including law, public service, teaching, business, communications, historical research and preservation and many others. Those who pursue certification in social studies education may wish to seek employment at the middle/junior or senior high school levels. In these settings, the social science departments may require education to teach a variety of subjects including history, geography, government, psychology, and cultures. History majors are encouraged to combine their liberal arts studies with experience and course work related to specialized areas of interest.  For example, history majors with an interest in journalism can round out their studies with hands on entry level journalism experience and related courses. To work as a historian, an advanced degree is required, a PhD. degree is needed for teaching and research in a college or university.

History Graduates may work as…
(The following titles are from across the industry. Some of these jobs may require education or experience beyond a bachelor’s degree.)

Administrative Officer Information Specialist
Anthropologist Field Interpreter
Archivist College Professor
Biographer/Author Teacher (History or Social Sciences)
City Manager Lawyer
Curator of Collections Legal Assistant
Foreign News Correspondent Legislative Correspondent
Librarian Lobbyist Assistant
Lobbyist Paralegal Assistant
Foreign Service Worker Political Editor
Museum Educator Politician
Assistant Museum Curator Public Affairs Specialist
Assistant Museum Registrar Research Assistant
Genealogist Staff Consultant
Peace Corp/Vista Worker Travel Agent/Tour Guide

History Graduates may work at … 

Magazines/Newspapers Archives
Research Foundations Libraries
Historical Societies Library of Congress
Museums Zoological Parks/Aquariums
National & State Parks Outdoor Education Centers
College & Universities Horticultural Organizations
Law Firms Non-Profit Organizations
Travel Industry National, State, & Local Government
Political Campaigns Business & Industry
Public & Private Schools Publishers
Chamber of Commerce  

Ways to Increase Employability 

  • Pursue elective course work or additional training related to one’s professional field of interest.
  • Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
  • Become an active student member of university, community, or professional organizations, which enhance leadership skills and promote networking relationships with fellow professionals.
  • Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through relevant part-time, full-time, and summer job/internship positions.

Sources of Information on Majors, Careers and Employment 

  • Rivier University Faculty, Academic Advisors, & Health Sciences Department Resources
  • Professionals Working in the Field
  • Professional Organizations
  • Rivier University Career Development Center Counseling Staff, Website & Office Resources

Professional & Rivier University Organizations related to History 

Career Related to Websites for History Majors