By Jacob Anbinder
It’s no secret that many departments use job prospects to lure undergraduates trying to pick a major. History departments in particular tend to tout their alumni’s diverse array of career paths in an attempt to answer the inevitable question: “But what will you do with that?” Among college majors, it seems, history is considered just “useful” enough to have to justify itself, but not so useful that students would flock to it anyway. Studying history, however, gives graduates tremendous flexibility in the job market.
By Jonathan Lewis
“Why would you major in history? Does Starbucks require a BA now?” If I had a dollar for every time I heard some iteration of that question in college, I’d spend my days lounging
By Rob Townsend
As tuition and student debt rise, questions from students, parents, and administrators about the future value of a history major have become more pointed.
By Cristina Belli
On a sunny day in September, I made a phone call home to my parents, eager to share all the wonderful experiences I was having in my first weeks at college. It was a routine conversation: How were my classes? Was I making any friends? How bad was the food? Amidst the flurry of inquiries, I quietly mentioned I had decided to declare history as my major. An uncomfortably long pause followed … and then an incredulous, “What?”
In my 18 years of life, I had always been determined to follow in my parents’ footsteps, studying economics and making a life for myself somewhere in the financial world—or maybe at the World Bank, like my father.
By Chelsea Tegels
Where will my history degree take me? What will I do with it? What careers are available to a historian? As a current graduate student in history, I’ve been thinking about these questions a lot.
Following the National History Center’s second annual reception for congressional interns, NHC and AHA intern Kevin Hess reflects on an evening of conversation regarding history’s place in politics and the wider world with peers and historians alike.
To help history students adapt to the changing job market, the AHA has begun a new series on searching for jobs and developing careers. In this post, AHA’s Elizabeth Elliott checked in with her fellow Gettysburg College history graduates to see what careers they have pursued.
To help students adapt to the changing job market, the AHA has begun a new series on searching for jobs and developing careers with a BA in history. This second post in the series focuses on career planning before you’ve earned your degree.