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What can you do with the history major?
Students often ask, "What can I do with a history major?" A history major is excellent preparation for many professional careers in a variety of fields, including business, government, law, education, finance, and international affairs.
The study of history develops students'
Knowledge of the historical context of present conditions
Research skills, the ability to
Capacity to reason based upon evidence
Ability to communicate clearly
Many careers depend upon the history skill set:
Administrative Program Specialist
US Park Police Officer
Intelligence Research Specialist
Program Liaison Specialist
Foreign Affairs Officer
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA),
State and Local Archives
Medical and Institutional Archives
Archivist, Documentary Conservator
Research and Reference Specialist
Exhibit Project Manager
Director of Properties
Many Rutgers history graduates successfully compete for admission to top law, business, and graduate schools in the country. Some history majors have gone on to medical school by combining a history major with an appropriate sequence of science courses. Some have earned the state teaching certificate by enrolling in the program offered through the Department of Urban Education. Others pursue master's or doctoral degrees to conduct research and teach at the college level.