What can I do with a major in History?History, as a basic liberal arts discipline, is interrelated with the other social sciences and provides the student with numerous options for professional development. These options include graduate studies and research, social research, teaching, law, and governmental service among others. In addition, the Alvernia University program in Social Studies provides academic preparation necessary for application for teacher certification in Pennsylvania.
Students considering a major in this liberal arts area may want to ask themselves if they are committed to working in the field of history: that is, actually working with historical information and issues at libraries, museums, classrooms and the like. Or is the information of history simply the training ground for building the skills of analysis, communication, critical thinking, problem solving and research, which can be utilized by a wide variety of employers in a host of industries?
While this decision does not need to be made prior to beginning a course of study in history, questions regarding course choices, research opportunities, internship credits and graduate school will be impacted differently by each focus or goal.
Strategies• Get experience in student government
• Plan on attending graduate or professional school
• Take courses in business, communication, education
• Develop or enhance ability to speak foreign language(s)
• Gain internship experience in government agencies
• If interested in teaching, obtain certification to teach in your state
• Strengthen computer skills
• Become familiar with public history
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Foreign Service Officer
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Historical Society Staff
Human Service Worker
American Association for State and Local History
1717 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37203-2991
American Historical Association
400 A Street, S.E.
Washington, DC 20003-3889
American Studies Association
1120 19th Street NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20038
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
The Organization of American Historians
112 North Bryan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47408-4141
Society of American Archivists
17 North State Street, Suite 1425
Chicago, IL 60602-3315
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Reading, PA 19607
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