History Careers

What if I can't see myself as a professional historian?

The truth is, only a small percentage of history majors go on to be historians; most go on, instead, to become lawyers, librarians, businesspersons, writers, archivists, researchers, teachers, politi­cians and even entertainers.

As a LaGrange College history major, you will cultivate the skills necessary to successfully research, analyze and communicate – qualities vital to many career choices. Leaders in every industry, from business to the arts, can point to their training as history majors as the starting point for their success.

Here is a brief list of the career opportunities available to the undergraduate history major based on Careers for Students of History, written by Barbara J. Howe and jointly published by the American Historical Association and the National Council on Public History. Used by permission.

Click on the headings for more information about each type of job.

Historians as Researchers
Museums and Historical Organizations
Cultural Resources Management and Historic Preservation
Think Tanks

Historians as Communicators
Writers and Editors
Documentary Editors
Producers of Multimedia Material
Historians as Information Managers

Records Managers
Information Managers

Historians as Advocates
Lawyers and Paralegals
Litigation Support
Legislative Staff Work

Historians in Businesses and Associations
Historians in Corporations
Contract Historians
Historians and Nonprofit Associations

Career Center

For more information about careers for History majors, consult the LaGrange College Career Center at (706) 880-8177.