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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  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  

Helpful Resources

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.