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What Can I Do With A Major In History?

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. Applying the results of historical study is important for the preservation and future growth of nations and institutions. Though we can never fully understand the past, an objective study of history provides us with a unique opportunity to learn from people and events from other times and places. What we learn can help us to deal with vital contemporary problems, including the interrelationship between human society and the environment, issues of war and peace, and the processes of decision making.

History graduates work in a wide variety of areas including business, law, politics, social service, and education. Many of these students pursue advanced degrees, some in related fields and some in other areas. History is one of the top choices of majors for students wishing to enter law school. History students also make excellent political advisors, working on political campaigns as researchers, speech writers and policy analysts.

Visit CCSU’s History Department webpage here.

Sample of Related Occupations



Consumer Advocate





Historic Site Guide

Historical Preservationist

Insurance Broker

Intelligence Analyst






Market Research Analyst 

Museum Conservator

Museum Curator

Park Ranger

Peace Corps/Vista Worker

Political Scientist

Travel Agent

Urban Planner

For additional information on each occupation or any others you may be considering, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a nationally recognized source of career information, put together by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Professional Associations & Additional Career Information

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

American Association for State and Local History

American Association of Museums

American Historical Association

Careers in Public History

History.com – History Made Every Day

Humanities and Social Sciences Online

Law School Admission Council

Law Students Center

National Council for History Education

Organization of American Historians

Preparing for Law School

Society of American Archivists

World History Association

Internships, Co-ops and Employment Opportunities

History majors may find experiential opportunities or employment in a number of areas depending on your skills, abilities and experience. Career-related internships and co-op placements are a great avenue to establishing yourself as a qualified candidate for full-time, professional-level career opportunities after graduation.

The following list of employers and job titles shows opportunities where the employer was specifically looking for history majors. This list is meant to be a resource for further career-related investigation and DOES NOT REFLECT current openings. To look for current openings, please visit College Central Network, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the Career Success Center website here.

Connecticut Historical Society Museum - Graphics Collection Internship

Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity - Virtual Internship Program

Juran Institute - Client Development Associate Co-op

Rome, Smith & Lutz - Lobby Internship

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Patient Services/Campaign Internship

The National Association of Amateur Radio - Historic Preservation Internship

The New York City Office of Management & Budget - Summer Internship

Visual Technologies, Inc. - Business Analyst Internship