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The core expectations of both history and political science study are:  reading, writing, and talking. To be successful at these tasks, students also need to have strong critical thinking and communication skills. 

The positions below demonstrate the broad range of career fields that history majors typically enter.  Some of these fields require advance or specialized graduate degrees (education and social work, for example).  But both history and political science are respected fields of study that provide flexibility when students apply to graduate programs and enter the job market itself. 

The American Historical Association (AHA) provides specific links to further information in ‘public history’ (anything not related to classroom teaching) here.


  • Elementary Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Postsecondary Education
  • Education Administrative

State and Civic-Oriented Work

  • Think Tanks
  • Intelligence Analysts & Diplomatic work
  • Historians in Corporations
  • Contract Historians
  • FBI & other fed/state agencies
  • Political activism:  advising and leadership
  • Legislative Staff Work

Preservation and Public History

  • Historic Sites & Museums
  • Museums and Historical Organizations
  • Cultural Resources Management
  • Historic Preservation
  • Documentary Editors
  • Producers of Multimedia Material
  • Archivists & Records Managers
  • Librarians

Professional Work

  • Writers & editors at publishing houses
  • Sales Staff & Management
  • Communications
  • Marketing for Corporations
  • Designer & Event Planner
  • Social Work
  • Journalism
  • Lawyers and Paralegals
  • Litigation Support (Research & Analysis)
  • Foundations & Nonprofit Development
  • Technical Writer



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