History and Political Science Department

History and political science Career Opportunities

Why Choose History or Political Science?

An education in this program provides you with strong writing and critical-thinking skills that prepare you for a career in a variety of fields including education, law and finance. According to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, history majors rank highest among all liberal arts and humanities majors in income, earning a median of $50,000 per year and up to $57,000 on average depending on specialization.

Job Skills Developed in History Majors

As a history major, you will be developing and/or enhancing critical thinking, research and communication skills. Critical thinking skills will allow you to adapt ideas, explain and interpret events and ideas, develop world views and understand interrelatedness. Research skills will allow you to gather, organize, summarize and examine data and information. Communication skills will allow you to write effectively and present information using written and spoken media. These skills are invaluable for a variety of career options.

Possible Career Paths

The grand thing about a history degree is its versatility! Many graduates of this program have pursued careers in high school education, higher education, business and government. Check out our Alumni Spotlight to see how SXU graduates are using their degrees! After completing this program, you will be prepared for careers in a variety of areas including, but not limited to:

Career Services Center offers a list of resources to provide more information about what you can do with a major in history or political science.

Internship and Fellowship Options

Emerging Scholars Summer Mentoring Program - Penn State offers this fully-funded opportunity for students from historically underrepresented groups who are interested in pursuing graduate school in history. Applications are accepted in the spring.

Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship - Three-year fellowship for Ph.D. study for students who are members of a historically underrepresented group in academia. Applications are accepted each November.

HBCU and HSI Bridge Scholarship Program - This program at the University of Chicago provides a year of graduate school tuition for students from Hispanic-Serving Institutions (like SXU).

The James Madison Graduate Fellowship - This program offers $24,000 to high school teachers of the American Constitution who wish to pursue graduate education.

National Institute of American History and Democracy - The College of William and Mary sponsors semester and year-long domestic study abroad programs in early American history that focus on the history of colonial Williamsburg, including on-site study at museums and archaeological projects.

Saint Xavier in DC with the Washington Internship Institute - Spend a semester in Washington, DC earning SXU credit while making professional connections and learning how to work in politics.