History

Though we can never fully understand the past, the study of history provides us with a unique opportunity to learn from people and events from other times and places. Historians help interpret the past and can help us draw a roadmap for the future to deal with vital contemporary problems, including the interrelationship between human society and the environment, issues of war and peace, and the processes of decision making. Those who choose to major in history have numerous career opportunities including careers in writing, research, historic preservation, museum and archival curatorship, and governmental research.  History is one of the top choices of undergraduate majors for students wishing to enter law school. History students also make excellent political advisors, working on political campaigns as researchers, speech writers and policy analysts. History majors often pursue careers in education at all levels, working in secondary and post-secondary institutions.

Related career titles

Archeologist
Archivist
Biographer
College/university faculty
Curator
Foreign service officer
Genealogist
Government official
Historian
Historic preservationist
Historic sites supervisor
Political scientist

Resources available in ACIC*

Careers for History Buffs and Others Who Learn from the Past
Careers in Focus: Archaeology
Opportunities in Social Science Careers
Great Jobs for History Majors
Liberal Arts Jobs
Great Jobs for Liberal Arts Majors

*Books are available for checkout.

Related history links

K-State Department of History
http://www.k-state.edu/history/

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
http://www.achp.gov/

American Association for State and Local History
http://www.aaslh.org

American Historical Association
http://www.historians.org/

Organization of American Historians
http://www.oah.org/

Society of American Archivists
http://www.archivists.org/

American Association of Museums
http://www.aam-us.org/