Skip to body


College of Arts and Humanities
Give to History

Contact Us

Language & Literature Building
Room 100
(509) 963-1655

Follow Us


History Career Opportunities

Career titles for history major graduatesWelcome to the Possibilities of History as a Career!

The discipline of history can lead to career choices from teaching at the K-12 and college level, but it also can lead to so many other career paths such as law, politics, archivist, librarian, research for public and private organizations, museum curation, non-profit organizational work, and new areas such as public history and  digital humanities careers. Below are several useful links to educate you as to the possibilities, including a new virtual career center at the American Historical Association.

Career Services pamphlet: What Can I Do With a History Degree?


American Historical Association Career Resources

Careers for History Majors

Through clear graphs and informal prose, readers will find hard data, practical advice, and answers to common questions about the study of history and the value it affords to individuals, their workplaces, and their communities. A resource for intellectual exploration and personal inspiration, it includes a statement shaped by cooperating faculty at over 100 colleges and universities describing the abilities and habits of mind that students develop in history programs at diverse institutions. The booklet’s contributors include alumni working in a wide range of fields and occupations as well as professional historians. Together, they suggest ways that today’s college students can prepare themselves to bring historical thinking to bear in solving tomorrow’s problems.

Current and prospective students, and their families, will discover an array of useful materials inside, as will career and academic advisers, faculty, program administrators, and staff. General readers can explore statistics, personal stories, and reflections on the many ways that a disciplined knowledge of the past—as well as the skills it takes to understand and communicate that past—empowers individuals to contribute and thrive in their academic, work, and civic lives.

Also see:

American Historical Association - Why Study History

Career Resources

Resources for Job Candidates and Search Committees

Career Diversity for Historians

Preparing for the Job Market

FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS - NEW FEATURE: Virtual Career Development from AHA

The American Historical Association announces a series of professional development webinars and workshops emphasizing career exploration and skill development for graduate students and early-career historians.


Guides to Available History Positions:

Take the Next Step to Becoming a Wildcat.