Historians work in all kinds of professions, often applying their skills to areas quite far from the field of history. Our recent graduates include archivists and oral historians, lawyers, business entrepreneurs, high school and middle school teachers, social workers, and journalists; others work in the arts or for a variety of non-profit organizations. A few students each year decide to continue their historical studies at the MA or PhD level.
Communication, in a variety of media and to a variety of audiences
Collaboration, especially with people who might not share your worldview
Quantitative Literacy: a basic ability to understand and communicate information presented in quantitative form, i.e., understanding that numbers tell a story the same way words, images, and artifacts do
What Can You Do With A Undergraduate Degree in History?
Many, many things. As a liberal arts major, of course, the world is your oyster and you can consider a multitude of careers. Among the jobs you can consider are: advertising executive, analyst, archivist, broadcaster, campaign worker, consultant, congressional aide, editor, foreign service officer, foundation staffer, information specialist, intelligence agent, journalist, legal assistant, lobbyist, personnel manager, public relations staffer, researcher, teacher … the list can be almost endless.
More specifically, though, with your degree in history you can be an educator, researcher, communicator or editor, information manager, advocate, or even a businessperson.
Historic Sites and Museums
Museums and Historical Organizations
Cultural Resources Management and Historic Preservation Think Tanks
Lawyers and Paralegals
Legislative Staff Work
Historians in Corporations
Historians in Nonprofit Associations
Beloit alum draws on language skills and abroad experience for international job
Ed Stern’19 shares how his experiences at Beloit, including a Center for Language Studies summer block course, and studying abroad in Japan, have prepared him for his current job as a sales representative for a Japanese company.
A recent alum returns to her study abroad host country to teach
This week the Office of International Education sat down with Joanna Furlan, a December 2020 graduate, to talk about all things Ecuador, from studying abroad to working and living abroad there. In the interview, she shares how she fell in love with Ecuador and what a typical day in her life looks like now.