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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.


Morgan Lippert’21 working in the collections lab at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Curating Comes Full Circle

Morgan Lippert’21 is putting the Museum Studies knowledge and skills gained at Beloit College to work at three cultural organizations.

Caitlin Abrams’08 uses D2, a non-toxic biocide, to clean gravestones.

Grave cleaner-turned-TikTok star

Russian language major and software educator Caitlin Abrams’08 has become a TikTok star for creating videos that investigate the life (and death) of everyday people — all while cleaning their gravestones. Abrams reflects on how she got here.

Dr. Tamanisha John

Alumna Tamanisha John’15 earns PhD, becomes IPE professor at Clark Atlanta University

Dr. Tamanisha John’15 earned her PhD in International Relations from Florida International University in May 2021. Her dissertation, called “Canadian Banks and Imperialism in the English-Speaking Caribbean,” received the highest praise from her committee members and has been nominated for FIU’s best dissertation award.

Julia Schoenthal conducting a rifle inventory at the Beloit Historical Society.

Small Institution, Big Impact

Julia Schoenthal, anthropology graduate of Beloit College (’20), shows the valuable work of preserving and educating about our local history to the local community. She was interviewed by Julia Hwang (’22) to get a look into her work as a program coordinator in the Beloit Historical Society.

Fred Burwell guides a History class around Oakwood Cemetery in Beloit

Archivist Emeritus

Fred Burwell’86 was recently promoted to the position of Archivist Emeritus; his work mentoring students has been invaluable.

Student activists take over Middle College, turning it into a Black Cultural Center in 1969.

Student Activists Make Their Mark

From the Freedom Rides of the early 1960s to student advocacy for an integrated curriculum in the 1990s to Black Lives Matter today, Beloit students have pushed the college and the country forward, especially toward racial justice.

Ying Pang’90, shown in 1989, stands in front of Middle College holding a computer science textbook.

Becoming an International College

Beloit’s first forays into international education started with missionary work. As the college’s international outlook evolved, it led to developments like a historic exchange program with a top Chinese university and an integrated approach that thrives today. 


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