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Pursuing Your Career In History

The habits of critical thinking, intellectual flexibility and clear argumentative writing that history majors cultivate are at the core of the liberal arts tradition. They are habits that will enrich your lives and, we hope, deepen your engagement with the present as well as the past, and with the global community as well as the local and national ones. They are also skills that are in high demand in a number of rewarding professions. (For more information, please visit the History department's career page.)

History majors can go on to careers in the private sector, in public service and in the non-profit sector. We encourage you to think about and explore a variety of options, many of which require further study beyond your BA or BS. Some of these, in alphabetical order, are: business, journalism, law, library science and information technology, medicine, museum work, public administration, publishing, social work, teaching, urban and regional planning. Graduate study in history itself is another path, either at the MA or PhD levels. Here are some of the other careers that our majors and MA graduates have pursued: 

  • Archeologist 
  • Auctioneer 
  • Bakery owner
  • Bank officer
  • CEO of Regional Transportation Authority 
  • Chiropractor 
  • Diamond broker 
  • Disability Insurance Agency Specialist 
  • Global procurement for a Fortune 500 company 
  • Golf administrator 
  • Helicopter pilot with US coast guard 
  • Journalist
  • Lobbyist 
  • Museums acquisitions 
  • Music publishing 
  • National business sales manager for a Fortune 500 company 
  • Paralegal 
  • Pastor 
  • Police Officer 
  • President of a construction supply company 
  • Owner of an advertising agency 
  • Quality Control manager 
  • Radio/TV broadcast sales 
  • Sales representative 
  • Sports broadcaster 
  • State legislator 
  • Superintendent of schools 
  • Youth and family development specialist  


For more career advice, please consult: 

  • Our own careers page 
  • Career Services, SUNY College at Brockport
  •  American Historical Association Careers Page

Last Updated 10/29/12


Congratulations to Dr. Jose R. Torre on winning the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching!

History major Michael Zagari has been accepted into the Duquesne University School of Law this coming fall on a full academic scholarship! During his time at Brockport, Mike has played on the NCAA men’s ice hockey team and has won the Jack Crandall and Robert Griswold History Department Awards.

History major Gabrielle Brannigan received a scholarship to enter the MA program in Social Studies and Special Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.

History professor Jose R. Torre to direct NEH Landmarks Workshop for K-12 teachers. The Rochester Reform Trail explores Rochester’s nationally important antebellum reform history. This July, 72 K-12 teachers from as far away as California, Florida and Oregon will visit Rochester and learn why national figures like Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony chose to live and work for social justice in Rochester, New York.


Robert Marcus Memorial Lecture, Thursday, 4/14/16, 7:30 pm, McCue Auditorium (LibArt 104 A/B), Dr. Raymond Craib (Cornell University), Title: "The Cry of the Renegade:  The politics and poetry of subversion in Santiago, Chile"