History (HIST)

What is History? Related Careers
Typical Employers of History Majors Related Skills
Job & Internship Search Links Career Planning Links
Professional Association Links Miscellaneous Links
UofA Department of History

What is History?

According to the Department of History at University of Arkansas, "History is the study of the past - both the official records of crowned rulers and sovereign states, as well as the vernacular accounts of those who have often been rendered, by presumption and sometimes violence, voiceless. It is the study, across time and place, of narratives and counter-narratives captured and preserved in a variety of "textual" sources - written, oral, and visual media; spontaneous actions, structured performances, and ritual enactments; sites and spaces, profane and sacred objects. It is the study of mass movements and isolated action, commodities and fads, production and reception, enslavement and liberation, sexuality and gender, art and obscenity, faith and heresy, empire and revolution, genocide and humanism, discovery and delusion, conformity and transgression, reading, writing, and telling. If the past is a "foreign country," it is also a window onto the present, and sometimes a cautionary tale for the future."

Related Careers

Some of these careers require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

Anthropologist Government Official Media ConsultanMuseum Curatort
Archeologist Historian Museum Tech & Specialist
Archivist Historic Preservationist Paralegal
Biographer Historic Site Tour Guide Park Ranger
Clergy Historical Society Staff Peace Corps/Vista Worker
Community Relations Director Indicter Political Scientist
Congressional Aide Insurance Agent/Broker Psychologist
Consumer Advocate Intelligence Analyst Public Relations Specialist
Counselor International Relations Research Assistant
Criminologist Journalist Sociologist
Demographer Lawyer Teacher
Economist Lecturer Technical Writer
Editor Legal Assistant Travel Agent
FBI/CIA Agent Librarian Urban Administrator
Foreign News Correspondent Lobbyist Urban Planner
Foreign Service Officer Market Research Analyst Writer/Author

Typical Employers of History Majors

Administration & Legislation Federal Bureau of Investigation Police & Fire Protection
Advertising Health & Human Services Political Parties
Broadcasting Housing & Community Development Public Interest Groups
Bureau of the Census Legislators Research Foundations
Business & Industry Library Schools & Universities
Campaigns Media Social & Welfare Services
Central Intelligence Agency Museums & Archives State & Local Governments
Corrections & Court Systems Paralegal Profession Transportation
Department of the State Parks & Recreation Travel & Tour Services
Education Peace Corps/Vista

Related Skills

Analyzing Ideas & Information Examining Evidence Interpreting Information & Seeing Relationships
Decision Making Explaining Ideas Perspective
Developing a World View Explaing the Past with the Present Writing & Presenting

Job & Internship Search Links

American Museum of Natural History - this site is a great resource for finding jobs, internships and fellowships with the AMNH, along with lots of fun facts.

Government Jobs

Jobs in Archaeology

Museum Employment Resource Center

USAJobs.gov - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Jobs by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook - the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

Careers for History Majors

Profeessional Association Links

American Historical Association - is a professional association for historians. They have a variety of information on what to do with your major in history, job listings and job perspectives.

American Association of Museums - has information about museums and and their resources, along with a museum career job finder that connects job seekers and employers.

American Association for State & Local History

National Council for History Educaion - provides professional development for teachers and historians, along with a federal level advocacy program. They even have conferences across the nation and councils.

Oregon Historical Society

Society for American Archaeology

United States Census Bureau

Miscellaneous Links


History Net

Historical Text Archive

Library of Congress