History

What is History all about?

"Studying History helps you develop important skills such as critical thinking and writing."

History is the study and research of major social, political, cultural, and economic events of the past, and provides a perspective on events that have shaped the contemporary world. The study of history has long been recognized as central to a liberal arts education. Although the study of history is more often associated with careers in law, public service, teaching and the academic world, the skills learned through historical study have proven useful in a wide variety of career fields.

Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities.

A Sample of Related Occupations

Anthropologist
Archeologist
Archivist
Biographer
Caseworker
City Manager
College Administrator
Consultant
Criminologist
Curator
Economist
Editor
Educator
Foreign News Correspondent
Foreign Service Officer
Genealogist
Historian
Human Services Worker
Journalist
Judge
Lawyer
Legislative Aide
Librarian
Newspaper Reporter
Peace Corps Volunteer
Policy Evaluator
Political Scientist
Politician
Preservation Specialist
Public Administrator
Research Analyst
Sales Representative
Technical Writer
Administrator
Business Executive
Novelist
Advocate

Types of Employers

Private and Non-profit Organizations:
Archives
Libraries
Banks
Magazines/Newspapers
Chambers of Commerce
Museums
Colleges/Schools
Public Relations Firms
Consulting Firms
Publishing Companies
Foundations
Research Firms
Historical Societies
Social Service Agencies
Insurance Companies
Travel Industry
Working for Equality and Economic Liberation (WEEL)- Montana
Women's Opportunity and Resource Development (WORD)-Missoula
YWCA
Historical Research Associates (HRA)-Missoula
Nationwide Non-Profit Groups

 

Government Agencies:
Department of Commerce
National Archives & Records Admin.
Department of Justice
National Endowment for the Humanities
Department of State
National Park Service
Drug Enforcement Administration
Peace Corps/VISTA
FBI/CIA
Smithsonian Institution
Federal/State Congressional Offices
U.S. Customs Service
General Accounting Office
U.S. Information Agency

Professional Associations

  • American Historical Association
    400 A Street, S.E., Washington, DC 20003-3889
    tel: (202) 544-2422
    fax: (202) 544-8307
    http://www.historians.org/

     

  • American Association for State and Local History
    1717 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37203-2991
    615-320-3203
    Fax: 615-327-9013
    http://www.aaslh.org/

     

  • World History Association
    2530 Dole Street, Sakamaki Hall A-203, Honolulu, HI 96822
    808-956-7688
    http://www.thewha.org