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What is History? Related Careers
Typical Employers of History Majors Related Skills
Job & Internship Search Links Career Planning Links
Professional Association Links Miscellaneous Links
OSU School of History, Philosophy and Religion  

What is History?

History, as defined by Google, is "the study of past events, particularly in human affairs. The past considered as a whole."

OSU History offers major programs leading to a BA degree. It is also possible to earn an undergraduate minor in History. History may be used as a major and/or one of the minors in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) degree program, or as a minor in other graduate programs. We also offer graduate degrees (MA, MS, and Ph.D.) in History of Science.

Added to this strong set of programs is a tradition of outstanding teaching and personal contact between student and instructor. History faculty members have won college and university awards for teaching excellence. The regular faculty teach all classes, from freshman to graduate level. Small group seminars, topic courses, honors sections, and individual study are available to History majors and non-History majors alike. Regular course work also may be augmented by internships.

History - What Can I Do with This Degree? pdf - lists the industry areas, employers, and strategies for using your degree.

Related Careers

Some of these careers require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

Anthropologist Government Official Media ConsultanMuseum Curatort
Archeologist Historian Museum Tech & Specialist
Archivist Historic Preservationist Paralegal
Biographer Historic Site Tour Guide Park Ranger
Clergy Historical Society Staff Peace Corps/Vista Worker
Community Relations Director Indicter Political Scientist
Congressional Aide Insurance Agent/Broker Psychologist
Consumer Advocate Intelligence Analyst Public Relations Specialist
Counselor International Relations Research Assistant
Criminologist Journalist Sociologist
Demographer Lawyer Teacher
Economist Lecturer Technical Writer
Editor Legal Assistant Travel Agent
FBI/CIA Agent Librarian Urban Administrator
Foreign News Correspondent Lobbyist Urban Planner
Foreign Service Officer Market Research Analyst Writer/Author

Typical Employers of History Majors

Administration & Legislation Federal Bureau of Investigation Police & Fire Protection
Advertising Health & Human Services Political Parties
Broadcasting Housing & Community Development Public Interest Groups
Bureau of the Census Legislators Research Foundations
Business & Industry Library Schools & Universities
Campaigns Media Social & Welfare Services
Central Intelligence Agency Museums & Archives State & Local Governments
Corrections & Court Systems Paralegal Profession Transportation
Department of the State Parks & Recreation Travel & Tour Services
Education Peace Corps/Vista  

Related Skills

Analyzing Ideas & Information Examining Evidence Interpreting Information & Seeing Relationships
Decision Making Explaining Ideas Perspective
Developing a World View Explaing the Past with the Present Writing & Presenting

Job & Internship Search Links

USAJobs.gov - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Jobs by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

American Museum of Natural History - this site is a great resource for finding jobs, internships and fellowships with the AMNH, along with lots of fun facts.

Government Jobs

Museum Employment Resource Center

Jobs in Archaeology

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook - the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

What Can I do with a Major in History?

American Museum of Natural History - this site is a great resource for finding jobs, internships and fellowships with the AMNH, along with lots of fun facts.

Careers for History Majors

Profeessional Association Links

American Historical Association - is a professional association for historians. They have a variety of information on what to do with your major in history, job listings and job perspectives.

National Council for History Educaion - provides professional development for teachers and historians, along with a federal level advocacy program. They even have conferences across the nation and councils.

American Association of Museums - has information about museums and and their resources, along with a museum career job finder that connects job seekers and employers.

American Association for State & Local History

United States Census Bureau

Society for American Archaeology

The Oregon Historical Society

Miscellaneous Links



What to do with a Major in History

Historical Text Archive

History Net

Library of Congress

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