Do you love history but wonder if teaching is your only career choice? Are your parents asking you, ‘What job can you get with a history major?’ Are history majors cool or geeks?

History majors at PC are among the college’s most visible leaders. They are regularly found serving in student government, student organizations, volunteer and outreach programs, and athletics– both intercollegiate and intramural. Many are widely traveled having studied abroad on a semester-long program or one of the department’s short-term, faculty-led study abroad programs. They have excelled in the classroom, been accepted into various honor societies, and been awarded the college’s highest honors for service and leadership. Our alumni have been accepted for post-graduate study and pursued successfully a wide array of career paths.  And yes, they are most definitely cool!

The graduates of the PC History Department have gone into many different career fields. For instance, recent graduates have pursued the following opportunities:

  • Graduate school for teaching
  • Graduate school for journalism
  • Graduate school for speech pathology
  • Graduate school for English
  • Graduate school for ministry
  • Graduate school for public administration
  • Graduate school for criminology and criminal justice
  • Graduate school for history
  • Graduate school for law
  • Graduate school for medicine
  • Graduate school for public history
  • Graduate school for the foreign service
  • Commissioned officer in the U.S. Army
  • National Park Service
  • Fullbright scholar
  • Peace Corps
  • Teach for America
  • Pastorate
  • Museum educator/research staff
  • Young Adult volunteer
  • Fresh Air Fund worker
  • Firefighters
  • Retail management
  • Financial account management
  • Political campaigns
  • Coaching
  • Naturalist
  • Software account manager
  • Staffing professional

As you consider own your future, we would recommend you read the article, History is not a Useless Major.  Then take a look at the American Historical Association’s Careers for History Majors, a useful website dedicated to helping students who have majored in history think about career paths.  Read the career stories of some of our recent alumni that are found below. Contact any of the history professors for their advice on post-graduate schooling and career options. Finally, visit the PC Career Development and Student Success Office. They specialize in assisting students in identifying and pursuing the career possibilities available to history majors.