Career Center


History Majors

What are you going to do with your major?

Remember, a liberal arts degree opens a vast array of career choicesand opportunities. Your degree has prepared you to approach problemsanalytically, think critically about ideas, research, organize yourthoughts, and write about your findings. Your only limitation isthinking that you are only qualified for the traditional jobs in aselected major.

“History isabout making connections: across curriculums, nations, and racial,ethnic, and economic borders. It is a way of looking at humankind,at events, and whatever task you have in front of you that requiresanalysis, perceptiveness, accuracy, curiosity, and care.”
Julie DeGalan

The following books are available in the Career Center ResourceLibrary (Seegers Union, lower level). The locations of these booksare next to the title with the section number:

  • Opportunities in Museum Careers ARTS
  • Museums: A Place to Work- Jane R. Glaser with Artemis A. Zenetou ARTS
  • AVISO (American Association of Museums) - Monthly Publication Current Periodicals
  • Careers for History Buffs & Others Who Learn From the Past - Blythe Camenson EXPLORE
  • Top Careers for History Graduates- Ferguson (Checkmark Books) EXPLORE
  • Great Jobs for History Majors- Julie DeGalan and Stephen Lambert EXPLORE
  • National Museum of American History 2004-2005- Internship Opportunities INTERN
  • The History Internship Book 2007- Career Education Institutes INTERN
Other Career Center resources:
  • This Handout available on theCareer Center website or in the Career Center Resource Library.
  • What Can I Do With this Major? Additional Information and Links are available at:
  • Muhlenberg Career Network, a databaseaccessible from the career library computer that provides contactinformation for Muhlenberg alumni who have volunteered to helpstudents with their career goals.
  Examples of JobsHeld by History Majors:
  • Assistant General Counsel/ Government Attorney (U.S. Dept. –Housing/Urban Development)
  • Reference Librarian (Allentown Public Library)
  • History Teacher (Jefferson Township H.S.)
  • District Legislative Assistant (PA General Assembly)
  • Town Manager (Tewksbury, Massachusetts)
  • Associate Editor (American Historical Association)
  • Bilingual Executive Assistant (Mack Trucks Inc.)
  • Assistant Vice President (Merrill Lynch)

Graduate Programs:
  • Career Center:
        Peterson’s Graduate Programs in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (GRAD 16)
        Peterson’s Graduate Programs in Humanities
    (GRAD 43)

Faculty Resources

  Advisors in theMuhlenberg History Department are excellent resources to find outprofessions in the History field and other careers pursued byHistory majors. In addition, advisors are willing to exploregraduate school opportunities and options.
National Associations:
History RelatedWebsites:
  This informationhas been compiled by the American Historical Association and the Directory of History Departments and Organizations. Containsinformation on the job market, salaries, graduate opportunities,surveys and past archives of the profession.
  A careeroverview by the American Historical Association. Containsinformation on the skills of the professional historian and theimportance of professional associations.
  Has informationfor potential law students, including access to electronic lawschool applications, laws school rankings, and other relatedresources.
  Free serviceoffered by the Organization of American Historians. Contains joblistings, and publications, information and activities of the OAH.Information about Membership is also listed.
  This essaydiscusses what the study of history has to offer.
  Lists jobs and other information related to the museum, heritage management,and cultural resource communities

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