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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


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.

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama has published a book, Engineering War and Peace in Modern Japan, 1868-1964 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama was interviewed by Mainichi, a major national newspaper in Japan, for the Oct. 3, 2014, issue.

The department hosted an NEH Workshop, Rochester Reform Trail, for K-12 teachers in July 2014.

History major Amy Freeman has published an article on the Eastman Dental Dispensary in the Democrat and Chronicle.

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama was interviewed by Yomuiri, a major national newspaper in Japan.

Dr. Ken O'Brien has been named a SUNY Provost Fellow for the 2013-2014 year.

Dr. Bruce Leslie has been named a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor.


The Malik Lecture will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 7 pm at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage.

The Robert Marcus Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 7:30 pm in the lecture hall (room 104) of the Liberal Arts Building.