On this page you will find information about careers pursued by History majors, skills History majors develop and career-related Web sites relevant to the major. Visit the department page to learn more about the History program.

Careers

It is important to remember that your major does not determine what your career will be. With a liberal arts education, YOU, not your major, will determine your career path.

Example job titles of Dickinson alumni who majored in History include:

  • Administrator/Teacher
  • Curator
  • Expedition Advisor
  • Prospect and Information Researcher
  • State Attorney

Career-Related Skills

  • Decision Making: History majors use knowledge of past problems and trends to reach current decisions. Determining key questions and points of view, and weighing evidence and options to reach a conclusion are skills developed through the major. 
  • Ability to Analyze Trends: History majors learn to predict shifts in political views or consumer tastes by observing trends. 
  • Managing Information: History students collect, evaluate, and organize data.
  • Written & Oral Expression: Documenting a conclusion and presenting it clearly through speech and writing are skills strengthened by the history major.
  • Research: Majors learn to obtain information from texts and from observing cultural situations.
  • Close Reading: Majors learn to dissect texts and documents to understand the subtleties.

Career-Related Web Sites

American Association for State and Local History

American Studies Web: Historical & Archival Resources

Archiving Early America - Offers original newspapers, maps, and writings from 18th Century America. Covers an important era in American history, including; the Colonial Period, the War of Independence, and more.  

History & Theory: Studies in the Philosophy of History - Features articles, essays and books related to historiography, time and culture, and historical methodology.  

Index of Resources for Historians

International Institute of Social History - Review historical collections in social history and the labor movement, or review current books and the online newsletter.  

National and Ethnic Genealogical & Historical Societies - Features links to numerous societies including the Federation of Genealogical Societies, Daughters of the American Revolution, Italian Genealogy and more.  

Resources of Historical Societies

For additional career resources and links, please visit the Job Search Web Link page.