What Can I Do with My History Major?

Overview

As a discipline, history bridges the humanities and the social sciences. The program at Georgetown emphasizes an awareness of multiple cultures and eras, with students gaining depth of experience in research, writing, and analytical thinking skills. The major leads students to the study of diverse regions and cultures of the world. History majors select two regions in which to specialize, one from Group A (Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East) and one from Group B (Western Europe, Russia/Eastern Europe, and the United States). They take three courses in one of these areas and four in the other, plus two electives.

History majors obtain knowledge and skills that 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 school.

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?

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