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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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In addition to being a core major for a liberal arts degree, an undergraduate degree in history can lead to careers as a teacher, historian, archivist, librarian, information specialist, writer, researcher, or careers in government service. With further study, you can go into college teaching, business, medical, law, politics, or ministry. Double majors--combining history with one or more such fields--are easily accommodated.

The study of History is an excellent way to develop skills in critical reading and the ability to draw conclusions through analysis and interpretation. These skills can serve as a foundation for success in a variety of disciplines. For example, you can also combine your program in History with selected classes in political science, English, speech, and business to prepare for law school.

Because history is one of the best fields in which to receive a broad and liberal education, job opportunities for historians are not limited to teaching and writing history. Training in historical methodology fits persons for many types of historical and non-historical careers outside of teaching. Governmental service offers careers in positions such as historians, archivists, information specialists, immigration officers, and social security officials. The Interior and State Departments, Smithsonian Institution, Agriculture Department, Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency also fill positions with persons with historical training.

For further information on careers in history please visit the American Historical Association's Careers for Students of History page for more information.