History Major, B.A.
History majors and minors acquire many skills that prepare them for careers upon graduation. Before graduation students should consider doing an internship. MSU Denver’s Applied Learning Center (Internship Center) as well as the History Department provides information concerning internships.
When seeking an internship or employment, applicants should, in their cover letters or interviews, include those qualifications applicable to the job. These include:
Jobs include advertising executive, advocate, analyst, archivist, broadcaster, business executive, campaign worker, consultant, congressional aide, editor, foreign service officer, foundation staffer, information specialist, intelligence agent, journalist, legal assistant, lobbyist, personnel manager, public relations staffer, canvasser, or teacher.
The American Historical Association has created an information page on “Careers for History Majors“.
Here is a brief list, provided by the American Historical Association, of the career opportunities available to the undergraduate history major.
For More Information:
Resources for career exploration can be found at the Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Career Services Office here.
DeGalan, Julie and Stephen E. Lambert, Great Jobs For History Majors. Lincolnwood, IL: VGM Career Horizons, 1995.
(The best single volume concerning the subject.)
Diffley, Peter, The Graduate School Companion. New York: Princeton Review/Random House, Inc., 2007
(This is the best book on preparation for graduate study. Appendix C describes both “Academic” and “Non-Academic” Job Portfolios including examples of the all-important Cover Letter.)
Gray, Wood et. al., Historian’s Handbook: A Key to the Study and Writing of History. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1956; revised 1964.
(Although old, the book is still useful.)
Halpern, Frances. Writer’s Guide to Publishing in the West. New York: Pinnacle Books, 1982
(This book suggests how history majors can finesse their expertise into becoming publishers, agents, newspaper/magazine editors, and syndicators. Particularly helpful for those wishing to remain in the West.)
Harris, Rebecca. Reading Books for Pay. Volumes I and II. USA: Clarendon House, 1996
(This describes job opportunities in book industries.)
Polanichka, Dana M. Getting An Academic Job in History. Washington, D.C.: American Historical Association, 2009
(This provides practical advice about job seeking and interviewing.)
Schulz, et al, Careers for Students of History at
Yager, Fred and Jan. Career Opportunities in the Publishing Industry. New York: Ferguson, 2010.
Brooks, Katherine S. Connecting Students to Careers: Training and Instruction Guide. Sacramento, CA: California Community College Chancellor’s Office, 2010–11.
———. You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career. New York: Viking, 2009.
Dickler, Jessica. “The Hidden Job Market.” CNNMoney.
National Association of Colleges and Employers, “Job Outlook 2015.” Bethlehem, PA: NACE, 2015.