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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 Kohl Heinonen Working at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes granted me a monumental respect and appreciation for history outside the classroom. Being enrolled in Queen’s Concurrent Education often put historical academia strictly in the realm of education, that teaching history was the only…
By Sheng Li As an international student, I went back to China in August last year and stayed home for almost a year. I tried to look for a remote internship opportunity related to history before the start of this summer vacation, but there was not much choice for me since most of the positions…
By Samuel Russell This past summer I had the privilege of working with Brendan Edwards who is the curator of the W.D. Jordan Rare Books & Special Collections through Queen’s University Library located in Kingston Ontario, Canada. The goal of my internship was to produce a virtual exhibit…

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