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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 Cristian Pertea This year, I had the opportunity to work with the Military Communications and Signals Museum of Kingston, digitising documents for the Museum and organizing them for the Museum Curators. In the process, I learned so much about Canadian Museums and the skills required to curate…
By Shivangi Mistry During my time at Queen’s, there have been several occasions when my degree in History and its validity has been questioned by peers, friends, and even at times, myself. It can be thought that studying History remains rooted in learning through textbooks and memorizing facts.…
By Mackenzie Frith The Queen’s Gazette is an online space where community members can find information on the latest stories from the university. It highlights student leadership, institutional initiatives, cutting edge research, and the latest COVID information. This semester I had the opportunity…

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