What can I do with a major in History?
UGA Specific Information for History
History is the study and research of major social, economic, political and cultural events of the past. A sound component of liberal arts education, history serves practical needs by providing solid background for pursuing graduate studies or a career in law, education, business, advertising, ministry, journalism, government service, or preservation. The history major meets an important need for the business world by providing the ability to analyze and write effectively, and by developing a sense of balanced judgment. For those who choose to teach, the major provides necessary subject-matter content. Finally, the history major prepares student for professional careers that require a satisfactory acquisition of knowledge and skills related to the study of the past.
Employers Hiring UGA History for the Class of 2016*
American Family Insurance | Atlanta History Center | ATP Flight School | Barrow County Schools | Carnegie Endowment For International Peace | FedEx | Greene Properties, Inc. | Gwinnett County Public Schools | Liberty Mutual Group | Manor Hall International School | Memorial Ambulance LLC | Nolan Transportation Group, Inc. | OCS Checkweighers Ltd | Pennsylvania Democratic Party | Pittsburgh Steelers | Qorvis/MSLGroup | Republic Salon | Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. | Shans Bait & Tackle | State Farm | Taqueria Tsunami | Terrapin Beer Company | The Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum and Library | The University of Georgia | Young Democrats of Georgia | Young Democrats of UGA
Job Titles of UGA History Majors for the Class of 2016*
Account Manager | Assistant Director | Claims Associate | Communications Director | Coordinator | Courier/DG Specialist | Dean's Office Administrative Assistant | Democratic Party Event Organizer | EMT | Executive Vice President | Football Player | Inside Auto Claims Representative | Instructor | Junior Fellow | Leasing Assistant | Multi-Line Specialist | Packaging Technician | Sales & Marketing Associate | Sales Representative | Seventh and Eighth Grade Social Studies Teacher | Special Assistant to the President and CEO at the Atlanta History Center | Substitute Teacher | Support Staff | Teacher
Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA History Majors for the Class of 2016*
East Carolina University | Emory University | George Washington University | Marine Corps Officer Candidates School | The University of Georgia | The University of Washington | The University of Wisconsin-Madison | University College London
UGA History Career Outcomes for the Class of 2016*
** Includes Self-Employed
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Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
The study of history allows for the development of a core set of skills sought after by employers in a wide range of occupational settings. A sample of representative skills and abilities are outlined below.
- Analytical writing
- Writing concisely
- Drafting documents
- Reading critically
- Assessing conflicting viewpoints
- Summarizing and presenting information
- Public speaking
- Using original sources
- Defining problems
- Formulating and assessing hypotheses
- Creating research designs
- Gathering and analyzing information
- Interpreting data
- Evaluating evidence and results
- Understanding complex factors within problems
- Perceiving patterns/structures
- Comparing/contrasting interpretations
- Assessing cultural differences
- Understanding different cultural contexts
SAMPLE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
- Newspapers and Magazines (student papers, Washington Post)
- National Park Service
- The White House
- Historical preservation offices
- Museums (e.g. Smithsonian museums, National Museum of Health and Science)
- U.S. or State Congress
- Research institutes/Think Tanks (e.g. Urban Institute, The Brookings Institute)
- U. S. State Department
- Nonprofit (e.g. Pathways for Mutual Respect, Oregon Bus Project)
- Law offices
- Political action committees (PACs) (e.g. Association of Trial Lawyers of America, National Education Association)
- Join LinkedIn groups that are related to your career interest. To search, select “groups” under the “interests” tab. Also, review the groups that professionals in your field of interest have joined and consider joining them as well.
- A major in history provides a broad, liberal arts education. Develop a career goal, and then obtain the skills, experiences, and education necessary to enter that field.
- An undergraduate degree in history is good preparation for graduate study in history, as well as other areas such as, law, public administration, or business. Research the prerequisites for the degree of interest and tailor program of study to meet curricular requirements.
- Part-time and summer jobs, internships, and volunteer positions are critical to gaining the experience and skills that employers seek.
- Obtain leadership roles in school or community organizations. Get involved in student government, mock trial, debate team, or Model United Nations.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills are imperative for most careers related to history, politics, or government.
- Prepare to develop a specialty area including both academic training and work experience for history related careers. Develop patience, persistence, and drive to obtain history related jobs.
- Gain experience in fundraising and grant writing techniques. Nonprofit and educational organizations are often funded in this manner.
- Conduct informational interviews to learn about careers of interest and develop a network contacts.
- Research websites and books that address various job opportunities, hiring processes, and pay structure.
Interested in graduate school? Find current information on getting into graduate school at UGA’s Career Center webpage.
Supplemental Career Research Dashboard
Additional Career Research Resources
- American Historical Association
- American Association for State and Local History
- American Association of Museums
- The World History Association
- Organization of American Historians
- History Cooperative
- National Council on Public History
- Royal History Society
- Digital History
- U.S. History
- National Council for History Education