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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Turn your love of history into a career!

History majors find work in a wide range of fields, from business, politics and government to medicine, law, education and more. Some students choose to pursue advanced degrees as well, but earning a bachelor's degree in history opens the door to many career opportunities.

 Liberal Arts Education

An undergraduate degree in history is a core major for a liberal arts degree. 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 can lead to many types of historical and non-historical careers outside of teaching.

Critical Thinking Skills

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 combine your program in History with selected classes in political science, English, speech, and business to prepare for law school. Double majors--combining history with one or more such fields--are easily accommodated.

Career Opportunities for History Majors and Minors

  • teacher
  • historian
  • archivist
  • librarian
  • information specialist
  • writer
  • researcher
  • careers in government service

Career Opportunities with Further Study

  • college teaching
  • business
  • medical
  • law
  • politics
  • ministry

Governmental Service Opportunities

  • historians
  • archivists
  • information specialists
  • immigration officers
  • 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.