History Career Outlook
Why Choose History?
This program focuses on the general study and interpretation of the past, including the gathering, recording, synthesizing and criticizing of evidence and theories about historical events. You will be instructed in historiography, historical research methods, studies of specific periods and cultures, as well as applications to areas such as historic preservation, public policy and records administration.
Explore the subsections below to learn more about the potential skills you can develop at SXU with a major in History, as well as the potential positions and employers that hire graduates with this degree. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should only be used as a starting point.
As a H istory major, students may develop or advance skills including critical thinking, research, communication, reading comprehension, learning strategies, writing, and active listening.
Graduates with a degree in H istory can work as a rchivists, g overnment e mployees, c urators, e ducators, l awyers, m useum w orkers, h istorians, f oreign s ervice o fficers, l obbyists, r ecords m anagers, and f oundation s taffers.
Graduates with a degree in H istory can work within the following areas: l ocal and s tate g overnment, f ederal g overnment, p olitics, n onprofit, i nformation s cience, c uratorial, and a rchival m anagement, e ducation, b usiness, and m edia .
Graduates with a degree in H istory can work for government agencies, museums, parks, historical sites, courts, schools, political parties, business firms, law firms, universities, corporations, libraries, art galleries, research institutions, banks and financial institutions, and newspapers .
Use the employment opportunity resources below to kickstart your preprofessional or professional experience search. You may also identify a professional or student organization to join in order to network with individuals within your major and field.
- American Association for State and Local History Career Center
- Chicago History Museum
- Emerging Scholars Summer Mentoring Program
- Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
- HBCU and HSI Bridge Scholarship Program
- The James Madison Graduate Fellowship
- Museum Employment Resource Center
- National Institute of American History and Democracy
- Saint Xavier in DC with the Washington Internship Institute