Because we know our students well, we keep track of them after graduation. We have good information on the jobs and careers of 76% of our majors from 2012-2015 (not everyone remembers to update us regularly). Of that number 100% are employed or in graduate school.
History majors pursue a wide variety of careers. We have graduates in journalism, communications and marketing, politics, finance, public relations, law enforcement, higher education, health care, law, and non-profits. Approximately 70% of our graduates enter these fields. Many studies show that employers appreciate the information management, writing, critical thinking, and analysis skills history majors bring to the job market. The History Department also maintains a LinkedIn.com page for History majors and alumni to help students choose experiences relevant to the jobs they want, discuss trends in industries, and make networking connections. History majors also benefit from the many opportunities available through the Office of Career Services.
For more information on the diversity of jobs available to history majors, check out What Can You Do With An Undergraduate Degree in History? This provides more information on job fields where history majors can use their skills as educators, researchers, communicators, information managers, and advocates, or in business.
For those interested in education, public history jobs (museums, archives, historic preservation), editing/publishing, government service, or consulting, you can check out Careers for Students of History, which includes types of jobs, education level required, and job market trends.
Approximately 30% of history majors teach at the middle or high school level. Please see Secondary Education for more information.
Career Planning Guidelines
First Year: "Self-Discovery"
Visit the Career Development Center in the Jean Student Center Complex to do the Career Pathways Program that works with students to identify their skills, values, and interests to help them draw correlations between different career paths within their majors/minors. Career Pathways also helps expose students to different careers within their field of study
Sophomore Year: "Career Exploration"
Visit the Career Development Center to log into Handshake to build your profile and view career related resources (i.e. resume & cover letter guides, information on preparing for interviews and networking, searching for internships, etc.) and to FOCUS2 which is a career assessment tool that links identified skills, values, interests, and overall personality to career paths and jobs that match a student’s profile. And take a draft of your resume to the Career Development Center and ask the staff how to use it when applying for positions.
Junior Year: "Reality Testing"
Attend the Career Development Center's events:
- Job and Internship Fair (Fall semester)
- RESUMANIA! (Fall semester)
- Mock Interview Day (Spring semester)
- New Hampshire College and University Council (NHCUC) Career Fair (Spring semester)
- and other various workshops throughout the year
Keep using Handshake to search for internships and jobs.
Senior Year: "Implementation"
Attend the Senior American Studies/History Major Night (or day) Event, keep attending the Career Development Center’s events and workshops, use Handshake, Review resume with staff at the Career Development Center.
Action Plan - Applying for Jobs:
- Develop list of 20-30 target organizations.
- Connect with alumni on LinkedIn to start building a professional network.
- Follow-up with employers; continue to search for positions.
- Participate in Mock Interview Day (Spring event) to hone in on interview skills.
- Attend the Spring NHCUC Career Fair to continue to meet, network, and research different organizations and positions within your field(s) of interest.
Graduate and Law School
Approximately 15% of history graduates in the past 4 years have gone to graduate school. Our graduates have pursued law degrees at Suffolk Law School (Boston), University of New Hampshire Law, Quinnipiac University Law (CT), and New England School of Law (Boston).
History majors have also gone on to graduate school for masters degrees in many fields: History (M.A.), Library Science (MLS), Social Science (M.A.), International Relations (M.A.), Education or Educational Leadership (M.Ed) and Business Administration (MBA). Recent schools include Indiana University, the University of Chicago, the London School of Economics, Emmanuel College, the University of Texas at Austin, and Providence College (R.I.).
The history department works with the Pre-Law Advisor to advise students interested in law school.
We also work with the Academic Advising Office, librarians, archivists, and other departments to advise students interested in graduate programs.