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.

Stories

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.

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Sasha Debevec-McKenney’12

Poetry, Politics, and Presidential Graves

Still early in her career, poet Sasha Debevec-McKenney’12 publishes a poem in The New Yorker.

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OCS graduate Carlos de Cordoba’11 

If you are comfortable, something is wrong.

As a U.S. Navy lieutenant, Carlos de Cordoba’11 finds that embracing discomfort helps him learn and grow.

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Bre Partida’21 participated in Beloit’s first History Harvest course in spring 2019, which focused on the legacy of the Black Migration in Beloit. Here, she records an oral history with a member of the Beloit’s historic Black community.

Ahead of the curve

Bre Partida’21 was surprised to find herself more prepared than her older peers in the University of New Mexico’s tight-knit history masters program. A former soccer player, RA, and member of Theta Pi Gamma sorority, Bre reflects on how Beloit shaped the person she is today.

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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.

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Caitlin Rankin’14

Central question

Why did residents of what’s now Cahokia, Illinois, abandon their thriving settlement a millennium ago?

Geoarchaeologist Caitlin Rankin’14 and her colleagues are untangling this mystery with the latest tools, an interdisciplinary mindset, and a willingness to challenge long-held assumptions.

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Kaylie Williams’21 traveled to Granada, U.S. Virgin Islands, during her SEA Semester in spring 2020.

Future steward for the environment

Kaylie Williams’21 recently embarked on her post-college journey as a park aide at Clear Lake State Park in California. She’s bringing the skills and confidence she developed at Beloit to help her inspire future generations of nature and Indigenous rights advocates.

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