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History majors often pursue careers in government, politics, law, museum and non-profit work, journalism, education, and business. Some of these fields and specialties require a master’s degree or other post-graduate training.

Career Fields

Government and Public Service
  • Public administration in federal government agencies such as Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Policy analysis (e.g., Department of Immigration, Department of Housing and Urban Development) 
  • Social statistics and demography (e.g., Census Bureau; federal and state agencies; private foundations)
  • State and local governments (e.g., Job Corps, Urban Planning)
  • Agencies providing museum support
  • Legal departments

Strategies: consider semester or summer internships in Washington DC; volunteer in political and community action campaigns; law school; become active in student government; consider a graduate degree in areas such as social and public policy.

  • Political campaigns (speech writer; researcher; organizer)
  • Staff of legislator, governor, mayor or other elected public official
  • National and state political party headquarters
  • Public interest and advocacy groups at national and international levels

Strategies: become active in public and community programs; search DuqCareerLink for posted internships in Harrisburg; utilize Pennsylvania state job databases; join student political organizations and parties; volunteer in advocacy programs and action groups.

Library and Information Sciences
  • Librarian (public or academic library)
  • Information sciences
  • Computerized records
  • Data base management
  • School librarian

Strategies: consider master’s degree in library science and/or information science; seek a work study position in Gumberg Library, if eligible; take a part-time job or volunteer in a public library; contact librarians at any library for information on library education and careers; take courses in information technology; study data base management or computer science; intern at an information sciences organization such as Management Science Associates.

Archival and Preservation/Restoration
  • Corporate departments responsible for preserving historical documents
  • Firms offering preservation and restoration services
  • National archives
  • Private and non-profit organization collections

Strategies: take courses or obtain a master’s degree in historic preservation or archiving; take courses or obtain an advanced degree in historical collection management; seek internships in museums and archives; interview and job shadow archivists and/or preservationists in local organizations such as the Heinz History Center.

Non-classroom Education
  • Museum education
  • Interpreter/caretaker of specialty museum
  • National and state parks visitor centers and park ranger
  • Outdoor and environmental education

Strategies: take courses and specialize in a content area such as the environment; do internships in non-classroom education settings such as Heinz History Center, state parks and national monuments. Develop excellent written and oral communication skills. Hone organizational skills and develop attention to detail.

Classroom Teaching
  • Teacher, middle or high school (social studies curriculum)
  • College teaching in a university, four-year or community college

Strategies: pursue concurrent bachelor's degree in Secondary Education or pursue post-graduate certification programs such as Master of Secondary Education; research state certification requirements in various states for teaching in public and/or private schools; be prepared to relocate to states (typically southern and mid-Atlantic) and/or locales (e.g., rural and inner cities) where demand for new teachers tends to be high; consider “Teach for America” following graduation.