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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


Our sincere congratulations to Matty Lynn Kuhar who won the 2016 School of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Award!

Dr. Alison Parker has been invited to be this year's Harriet Jacobs Lecturer at Purdue University. Her talk is entitled Mary Church Terrell, Black Women, and the Rise of the Democratic Party. 

Dr. Nishiyama has been invited to give a talk (title "Kamikaze Technology and Culture for War: Japan and the USA, 1941-2001") at the RIT.

Dr. Alison Parker facilitated significant donation of historical papers to Oberlin College and participates in its celebratory symposium on the life of racial justice advocate Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954).

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


History Forum will host Region 11&12 Meeting of the Association of Public Historians of New York State, on 4/30 (Saturday, from 9am to about 4pm) at McCue Auditorium (LAB104).

History Department Graduation Ceremony will be held in New York Room, Cooper Hall, at 10:30 am, May 14 (Saturday).