History

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"Some people make headlines while other make history."
~Philip Elmer-DeWitt

What is History?

History is the study of past. By studying history, students learn about how the events of the past have led us to the present day. Through studying the culture, economics, and events of yesteryear through primary research, critical analysis, and the writing of scholarly research papers, students of history will become assets in both the private and public sectors because they have developed skills as both writers and critical thinkers.

To view the History Department's website, click here:
http://www.wpunj.edu/cohss/departments/history/

Admissions information on History:
http://www.wpunj.edu/admissions/undergraduate/academic-programs/programs_detail.dot?id=125608

 

Interests and Skills

  • Ability to examine and interpret world events
  • See correlations and relationships between events and factors
  • Write and present information in a clear, succinct manner
  • Interpret ideas and events

  

Work Environment

History majors can work in a variety of different settings including federal agencies like the library of congress and Smithsonian institute. State and local agencies including libraries, archives, museums and parks provide additional areas of opportunity. History majors may become elected officials, work on political campaigns or work for advocacy groups. In addition, they may work at law firms, non profit organizations and research institutions.

Possible Job Titles

Anthropologist
Archeologist
Archivist
Artifacts Conservator
Banker
Biographer
Bibliographer
City Manager
Clergy
Columnist
College Administrator
Community Relations Director
Congressional Aide
Consumer Advocate
Corporation Historian
Customer Supply Analyst
Customs Port Investigator
Demographer
Editor
Education Specialist
Event Planner
Exhibit Coordinator
FBI/CIA Agent
Field Interpreter
Folklorist
Foreign News Correspondent
Foreign Service Officer
Gallery Assistant
Genealogist
Government Official
Historian
Historic Preservationist

Historic Site Tour Guide
Historic Background Specialist
Historic Society Staff
Insurance Agent/Broker
Intelligence Analyst
International Relations
Journalist
Lawyer
Lecturer
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Legislative Aide
Librarian
Lobbyist
Museum Curator
Museum Technician & Specialist
Park Ranger
Peace Corps Worker
Personnel Officer
Photographic Cataloger
Policy Analyst
Political Scientist
Production Assistant
Professor
Program Coordinator
Public Relations Specialist
Real Estate Agent
Research Analyst
Sales/Customer Service
Teacher/Social Studies
Technical Writer
Travel Agent
Writer/Author

 


Enhance Your Qualifications

Students in the History major at William Paterson have numerous opportunities to enhance their academic experience. Students can contact the department about internships in such places as museums, law offices, and government. Also, many students find that a study abroad experience enhances their curriculum because they are given the opportunity to experience history first hand. Students can join the History Club which will enable them to meet others in their major with similar interests and career goals. The department also offers membership to Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honors Society, to students who meet certain GPA requirements. Students contact the department for more information.

 

Related Web Sites

Related Web Sites :

American Historical Association http://www.historians.org/

Phi Alpha Theta http://web1.cas.usf.edu/PAT/

The History Channel http://www.historychannel.com/

 

 

Other Sources of Information

Please drop by the Career Development and Advisement Center to learn more about careers in history. The career library carries career-specific books and counselors are available to answer any further questions you may have. Visiting the Department of History on campus may also prove valuable in addressing questions.