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After Beloit

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.

Primary Skills

The American Historical Association lists five primary skills that history students acquire:

  1. Communication, in a variety of media and to a variety of audiences
  2. Collaboration, especially with people who might not share your worldview
  3. 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
  4. Intellectual Self-Confidence: the ability to work beyond subject matter expertise, to be nimble and imaginative in projects and plans
  5. Digital Literacy: a basic familiarity with digital tools and platforms

More information about careers for history students and how to prepare for them can be found at the American Historical Association’s section on careers for history majors.

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.


Fred Burwell’86 standing in the midst of the Beloit College archives.

Mister History

No one knows more about Beloit’s long and fascinating history than Fred Burwell’86, keeper of the College Archives since 1986.

Ed Stern’19 in class at Beloit College

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.

Joanna Furlan ’20 in Ecuador.

From Student to Teacher

Joanna Furlan talks about all things Ecuador, from studying abroad to working and living abroad there.


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