What Can I Do With a Major in History?

History has been defined as the collective memory of things said and done, arranged in a meaningful pattern. Such knowledge of the past supplies context, perspective, and clarity in a diverse and changing world. The members of the history department offer widely differing views of the history of a broad variety of peoples, yet they agree that the study of the past provides meaning in the present and informed choices for the future.

The study of history teaches an appreciation of both change and continuity, the critical examination of evidence, the construction of arguments, and the articulation of conclusions. In addition to teaching and to graduate studies in history and law, majors find careers in related fields, such as work in museums and archives, public service, indeed any profession requiring skills of research, analysis, and expression.

 – Bates College History Department

Related Careers

  • Archival management
  • Business |Communications
  • Curatorial management
  • Education
  • Government Information specialization
  • Historical Societies
  • Human Resources
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Media
  • Museum
  • Marketing
  • Non-profit
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Retail
  • Think tank