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Career Paths for History Students

What can you do with a degree in History?

W&L History graduates have gone on to careers in

  • public service, government and diplomacy
  • teaching in primary or secondary schools and education administration
  • academic history, university teaching and administration, scholarly writing, museum curating, editing, and journalism
  • law, medicine
  • business and finance
  • and more!

The Career Development Center maintains extensive resources to help you with career choice, internships, networking with alumni, job placement and graduate school.
They stress these two tips for History majors:

  • Employers are looking for intelligent graduates who can think and write well. The study of history at W&L builds analytical thinking and clear effective communication — marketable skills!
  • Your job searches are helped immeasurably by
    1. a clear statement of what you want to accomplish and contribute, and
    2. evidence that you have engaged in meaningful employment and/or internships.

History: What can I do with this Major? is a helpful resource published by the University of Tennessee.

Developing a career as a professional historian?
Check The American Historical Association's publication Careers for Students of History which "discusses employment options in the classroom, museums, the publishing industry, archives, historic preservation, and government."
The AHA also publishes a webpage of links to employment advertisements and general information on Careers in Public History (careers as an historian outside of teaching.)