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Careers for History Majors

A degree in History fosters research, communication, and analytical skills and provides our students with a strong foundation for careers in many occupations. Recent graduates have found employment in a wide variety of professions.

  • Archival Science
  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Genealogical Research
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Legal Professions
  • Library Science
  • Museum Curator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Administration
  • Technical Writing

What will I learn?

A degree in History can equip you with:

  • Knowledge of a broad spectrum of historical events and trends
  • Understanding of how historians study the past
  • Knowledge of how political, social, economic, and cultural change occurs
  • Understanding of the relationship between history and current events
  • Oral and written communication to communicate ideas through writing and present research to a group
  • Analytical skills to make judgements based on available historical evidence
  • Research skills to synthesize large amounts of material and identify relevant information
  • Attention to detail to analyze texts and historical arguments
  • Problem solving to develop systematic procedures for investigating a problem
  • Resource and time management

What can you do with a History degree?

The Canadian Historical Association maintains a blog that profiles the career paths of real people with History degrees. Visit their website to learn about careers such as:

  • Immigrant and Refugee Lawyer
  • Director of Research for a University
  • Canadian Forces Operations Analyst
  • International Relations Advisor
  • Reporter for CBC News
  • Hip-Hop Artist and Public Speaker

Visit the American Historical Association’s website to learn more about the following professions:

  • Historians in Classrooms: Schools, Colleges, and Universities
  • Historians in Museums
  • Historians in Editing and Publishing
  • Historians in Archives
  • Historians in Historic Preservation
  • Historians in Federal, State, and Local History
  • Historians as Consultants and Contractors

HIST 212 Blog Posts

By Brianna Horton The History department at Queen’s University is the current home of the Journal of British Studies (JBS). Since September I have had the pleasure of working alongside the JBS editorial team as a journal intern. Here are a few things I have learned so far: It’s a marathon, not a…
By Ethan Chan Covid-19 has significantly changed my year. Instead of being on-campus, I mostly sit at my desk and stare at my monitor for the better part of my day, struggling to organize the work that I get from my online classes. Although my daily life is not particularly interesting, research…
By Molly Shea I am doing my HIST 212 internship at the Frontenac County Schools Museum. The Schools Museum was established in 1973 by a group of committed retired teachers in celebration of Kingston’s tercentenary. The museum’s committee sought to preserve the records and artifacts from one room…

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