What Can You Do With a Major in History?

History major careers and jobs

History illuminates every aspect of the human experience — politics, economics, religion, social issues, art and war. Consequently, a history major comes to understand society in a comprehensive way. The study of history mines the storehouse of information about the past and orders that knowledge in logical and meaningful ways. It shapes our human memory and equips us to think critically and constructively about the present and our connections to the past.

These connections are especially great if you’re looking to use your history degree to be an archivist, curator or museum technicians. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says opportunities in these careers have increased by at least 20 percent over the last several years. 

Jobs for history majors

What can you do with a major in history? About a third of our graduates become secondary school teachers, while a number of others earn advanced degrees at the best graduate schools in the country. Others go to law or medical schools, while a strong minority work in industry, business, non-profits and other fields. Some places and professions where you'll find Marquette graduates include:

  • Federal, state and local government
  • Civil Service, FBI, CIA, Foreign Service
  • Libraries and archives
  • Legal profession
  • Judiciary
  • Teaching at all levels
  • Corporations
  • Consulting firms
  • Museums
  • Banks
  • Market research
  • Stockbroker
  • Medicine
  • Journalism and broadcasting
  • Small businesses

Our history majors have also gone on to the following graduate schools:

  • American University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • Georgetown University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Marquette University
  • New York University
  • University of Notre Dame

Additional resources for careers in history