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History

What is History?

The study of the past broadens our perspective and allows us to discover the essential elements of human existence. Besides preparing students for careers in government service, law, teaching, business, advertising, and journalism, an education in history can lead to a variety of enriching careers. Positions that attract history majors will likely require some of the following qualifications: experience, extensive knowledge of a particular time period or region, the ability to communicate with diverse groups of people, and good writing and research skills. The term historian covers a broad range of career options and job settings. In general, historians study, assess, and interpret the past to determine what happened and why. They examine court documents, diaries, letters, and newspaper accounts; they conduct research, write, teach evaluate, and make recommendations. They interview individuals and study archeological and artifactual evidence. Schools, universities, libraries, and museums, government offices, and private enterprise are some of the job settings for history majors. 

CWU Department of History

Related Career Titles
Some of these jobs require education beyond the bachelor's degree.
AnthropologistArcheologistArchivist
BiographerClergyCommunity Relations Director
Congressional AideConsumer AdvocateCounselor
CriminologistDemographerEconomist
EditorPsychologistPublic Relations Specialist
Research AssistantSociologistFBI / CIA Agent
Foreign News CorrespondentForeign Service OfficerGenealogist
Government OfficialHistorianHistoric Preservationist
Historic Site Tour GuideHistorical Society StaffIndicter
Insurance Agent / BrokerIntelligence AnalystInternational Relations
Teacher, Social StudiesTechnical WriterTravel Agent
JournalistLawyerLecturer
Legal Assistant / ParalegalLibrarianLobbyist
Market Research AnalystMedia ConsultantMuseum Curator
Museum Tech. & SpecialistPark RangerPeace Corps / Vista Worker
Political ScientistUrban AdministratorUrban Planner
Writer / Author  
Some Employers of History Majors:
AdvertisingBusiness and IndustryBroadcasting
Bureau of the CensusCentral Intelligence Agency / Federal Bureau of InvestigationDepartment of State
MediaMuseums & ArchivesParalegal Profession
Peace Corps / VistaPoliticsPublic Interest Groups
CampaignsLegislatorsPolitical Parties
Research foundationsSchools and UniversitiesState and Local Governments
Travel and tour servicesAdministration & LegislationCorrections & Court Systems
EducationHealth and Human ServicesHighway & Street Construction and Maintenance
Housing & Community DevelopmentLibraryParks & Recreation
Police & Fire ProtectionSocial & Welfare ServicesTransportation
Related Major Skills
Explaining IdeasWriting and presenting information
Analyzing ideas and informationExplaining the present by referring to the past
Seeing relationships between factorsInterpreting events and ideas
Examining evidenceDeveloping a world view
Decision making 
Job & Internship Search Links
 

Government jobs: http://govtjobs.com/ 

Jobs in archeology: http://archaeologic.com/jobs_in_archaeology.htm 

Museum job resources online: http://www.algonquincollege.com/museum/jobres/index.html 

MuseumStuff.com - Museum Employment: http://www.museumstuff.com/professionals/employment.php 

Museum Employment Resource Center: http://www.museum-employment.com/ 

American Historical Association: http://www.historians.org/jobs/index.htm 

Smithsonian-Internship Opportunities: http://www.si.edu/ofg/resopp.htm#intern 

American Association for State and Local History: http://www.aaslh.org/jobsonline.htm 

The Society of American Archivists: http://www.archivists.org/nnNavigation.asp?sectionName=Careers 

The Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/index.php 

Smithsonian Institution Archives: http://siarchives.si.edu/sia/main_interns.html 

Smithsonian Institution: http://www.si.edu/ohr/

American Association of Museums: http://www.aam-us.org/jobHQ/index.cfm 

Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department: http://www.oklatourism.gov/Default.aspx

A&E Television Networks (The History Channel):  http://www.aetn.com/careers.html 

Naval Historical Center Internship Program: http://www.history.navy.mil/prizes/intern.htm 

Truman Presidential Museum and Library: http://www.trumanlibrary.org/voluntee/index.html#intern 

Washington Internship Institutem: http://ielnet.org/

National Museum of American History:

Society for Historical Archaeology:  

Foundation Center: http://foundationcenter.org/about/jobs/ 

IE3 Global Internships: http://ie3global.ous.edu/ 

Association for Documentary Editing: http://etext.virginia.edu/ade/jobs/index.html 

World History Association: http://www.thewha.org/employment_opportunities.php 

H-Net Job Guide for the Humanities and History: http://www.h-net.org/jobs/ 

Archivists, Curators, and Museum Technicians from the Occupational Outlook Handbook: http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos065.htm 

Teacher-Postsecondary from the Occupational Outlook Handbook: http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos066.htm 

Lawyers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook: http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos053.htm 

Washington Archives Management: http://www.washingtonarchives.net/

Iron Mountain Incorporated: http://www.ironmountain.com/