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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.

To find out more about your major including potential areas and employers, required skills, job outlook, and median pay, please access the Occupational Outlook Handbook or the O*Net websites.

Career Outlook

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 History 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 history can work as archivists, government employees, curators, educators, lawyers, museum workers, historians, foreign service officers, lobbyists, records managers and foundation staffers.


Graduates with a degree in History can work within the following areas: local and state government, federal government, politics, nonprofit, information science, curatorial, and archival management, education, business, and media.


Graduates with a degree in History 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.



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