What Can I Do with My History Major?

Overview

As a discipline, history bridges the humanities and the social sciences. The history program at Georgetown emphasizes an awareness of multiple cultures and eras, with its students gaining depth of experience in research, writing, and analytical thinking skills. History majors select one world region in which to specialize; they take at least four courses in that region, and they supplement that with a at least three courses in other world regions.

History majors obtain knowledge and skills that can prepare them for many occupations and professions. These critical thinking and research skills prepare graduates well for government service, nonprofit organizations, and the business sector. History majors also have a strong background for graduate work in various academic disciplines such as education and government, as well as law.

Skills

The study of history allows for the development of a core set of skills sought after by employers in a wide range of occupational settings. A sample of representative skills and abilities are outlined below.

Communication

  • Analytical writing
  • Writing concisely
  • Editing
  • Drafting documents
  • Reading critically
  • Assessing conflicting viewpoints
  • Summarizing and presenting information
  • Public speaking

Research

  • Using original sources
  • Defining problems
  • Formulating and assessing hypotheses
  • Creating research designs
  • Gathering and analyzing information
  • Interpreting data
  • Evaluating evidence and results

Critical Thinking

  • Understanding complex factors within problems
  • Perceiving patterns/structures
  • Comparing/contrasting interpretations
  • Assessing cultural differences
  • Understanding different cultural contexts
Sample Internship Opportunities
  • Newspapers and Magazines (student papers, Washington Post)
  • National Park Service
  • The White House
  • Historical preservation offices
  • Museums (e.g. Smithsonian museums, National Museum of Health and Science)
  • U.S. or State Congress
  • Research institutes/Think Tanks (e.g. Urban Institute, The Brookings Institute)
  • U. S. State Department
  • Nonprofit (e.g. Pathways for Mutual Respect, Oregon Bus Project)
  • Law offices
  • Political action committees (PACs) (e.g. Association of Trial Lawyers of America, National Education Association)

Where are Georgetown History Majors Now?

  • Attorney
  • Foreign Service officer
  • Speech writer
  • Campaign staff member
  • Legislative analyst
  • Policy analyst
  • Environmental consultant
  • Financial analyst
  • Business manager
  • Director of marketing
  • Administrator
  • Program manager
  • Consultant
  • Paralegal
  • Judicial clerk
  • Legislative assistant
  • Journalist
  • Reporter
  • Photographer
  • Creative writer
  • Visual artist
  • Advertising copy writer
  • Technical writer
  • Production coordinator
  • Editorial assistant
  • Public relations assistant
  • Professor
  • Teacher
  • Librarian
  • Research analyst
  • Research associate
  • Grant writer
  • Reference researcher
  • Student services
  • Admissions officer
  • Armed services
  • Social worker
  • Recruiting coordinator
  • Administrative assistant
Relevant Web Sites and Publications
Professional Organizations

For more information about career options, internships and full-time opportunities contact the Career Education Center at One Leavey Center, (202) 687-3493. For more information about the major and degree requirements contact the Department of History at 600 ICC, (202) 687-6061.