Why a Degree in History
A major in history is excellent preparation for many careers in a variety of fields. Students skilled in research, analysis and writing are attractive to graduate programs, professional programs, businesses, etc. MU history graduates compete successfully for admission to the finest law schools, business schools, masters in Education programs, and masters and PhD programs in history and related areas, just to name a few. With an undergraduate degree, a number of our graduates have found rewarding careers in government, business, and journalism fields. The brochure A Degree in History is Just the Beginning provides some examples of where they are working now. Libraries, museums, archives, publishing companies, and local history and preservation projects all offer careers with the possibility of continued specialization in history. Additional information is available below.
- Careers for Students of History, organized by Constance Schulz, Page Putnam Miller, Aaron Marrs, and Kevin Allen, website of the American Historical Association, 2002.
- Career Planning as an Undergraduate in History, Staci Heidtke, AHA Today: A Blog of the American Historical Association, June 1, 2015.
- How a Major in History Gives You the Intangible Edge, by Jacob Anbinder, AHA Today: A Blog of the American Historical Association, March 28, 2016.
- Past Graduates with a BA in History: Where are They Now?, by Elizabeth Elliot, AHA Today: A Blog of the American Historical Association, June 22, 2015.
- So What CAN You Do with a History Major?, organized by John Fea, The Way of Improvement Leads Home, 2009-2015.
- What I Do: Historians Talk about Their Work, website of the American Historical Association, 2013-.
- Where Can You Find Data on Career Prospects for History Majors?, by Rob Townsend, AHA Today: A Blog of the American Historical Association, October 12, 2015.