Jumpstart your career with a history degree

The Department of History prepares students for future roles as global citizens and for various career opportunities as educators, researchers, legal professionals, public servants, curators, and media and business professionals, to name a few. Here are some key national statistics for careers for history majors from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and PayScale.

Starting Salary

Average Starting Salaries for History Majors (NACE)

Noteworthy Jobs and Mid-Career Salaries for History Majors (PayScale)

Secondary School Teacher $78,900 Senior Paralegal/Legal Assistant $81,700 Geographic Info System Analyst $61,900 Business Management Director $99,811 Social Scientist/Historian $82,280 Lawyer $126,930 Human Resource Manager $121,220
Six months out of graduation

Alumni in humanities and social sciences employed or in graduate school within 6 months after graduation

Get Prepared to Succeed

The department offers a host of opportunities for students. History majors can undertake a guided independent study in an approved subject of their choice; intern as curators and archivists at local museums and historical societies; participate in the activities of the History Club; and earn membership in the university's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honor society.

What You'll Learn

In the history programs, students learn in-demand skills that employers have identified as critical for job candidates, including:

  • Communication and effective writing
  • Research skills
  • Critical analysis and problem solving, among others

Key Career Skills
for History Majors

as indicated by Employers
and Alumni on LinkedIn

Critical Thinking


Data Analysis

Digital Fluency


Public Speaking

Verbal & Written Communication

*LinkedIn Workplace
Learning Report 2021