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History

Major Information

The study of history has long been recognized as central to a liberal arts education and has served as a  foundation for successful careers in many fields. Although the study of history is most often associated with  careers in law, public service, teaching, and the academic world, the skills learned through historical study  have proven useful in a great variety of other settings. Students should attempt to emphasize to employers the skills that were gained through the study of history, particularly the ability to conduct independent  research, to analyze and integrate large amounts of information, and to present ideas in clear and logical  writing.

General Information

Degree(s) Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in History 
  • Master of Arts in History 

Sample Occupations

  • Business Education 
  • Archivist 
  • Careers Involving  
  • Historical Trends  
  • (Banking, Finance, Insurance, Stock Analysis) 
  • Copywriter 
  • Information manager 
  • Librarian 
  • Market Research Analyst 
  • Public Relations Manager 
  • Publishing 
  • Radio/Television 
  • Records Manager 
  • Travel Agent/Guide
  • General Education 
  • Anthropologist 
  • Antique Dealer 
  • Archaeologist 
  • Architectural Historian 
  • Art Appraiser 
  • Auctioneer 
  • Biographer 
  • Critic (Book, Drama,  Film) 
  • Demographer 
  • Document Restorer
  • Dramatic Arts  
  • Historian 
  • Folklorist 
  • Genealogist
  • Historical consultant Information  
  • Specialist 
  • Oral Historian 
  • Public Historian Training &  
  • Development  
  • Specialist 
  • Writer (Prose,  
  • Fiction, Non 
  • Fiction)
  • Government 
  • Foreign Service  Office 
  • Intelligence Analyst  (CIA, FBI, NSA, Homeland Security, State-Level) 
  • Legislative Aide
  • Lobbyist
  • Political Analyst
  • Political Campaign Worker
  • Collections Manager
  • Collections Manager
  • Conservator 
  • Curator 
  • Exhibit Designer Guide 
  • Park Interpreter
  • Program Director

Sample Work Settings

  • Air, Bus, & Rail Lines  Archives 
  • Banks 
  • Brokerage Firms 
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Consulting Agencies
  • Corporations 
  • Exhibits 
  • Federal Government  Agencies
  • Film Companies
  • Historic Preservation Boards
  • Historical Societies
  • International
  • Government
  • Agencies
  • Insurance
  • Companies
  • Law Firms
  • Law Enforcement
  • Libraries
  • Magazines
  • Historians Film Committee 
  • Museums
  • National Parks
  • Non-Profits
  • Political Campaigns
  • Publishing
  • Companies
  • Travel Agencies
  • TV & Radio

Sample Employers

  • Delta Air Lines
  • Department of State
  • Environs Design Studio
  • Gwinnett County Public
  • Schools
  • Hillary for America
  • Key West to Alaska
  • MDG News Media
  • Museum of Art
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Odyssey
  • Pirate Charters of the
  • Caribbean
  • Telfair Museums
  • WSAV-TV

Connecting Majors, Skills, and Occupations

  • View learning outcomes associated with your major in the Georgia Southern Academic Catalog:

Georgia Southern Academic Catalog

  • Explore the connection between occupations and skills in O*Net:

www.onetonline.org

  • Use Handshake to upload your résumé and explore internships and jobs. For more information:

www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

Internet Resources

To explore values, interests, and skills:

FOCUS 2 bit.ly/focuscareer

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $15

Self Directed Search – $15

https://students.georgiasouthern.edu/career/s tudents/assessments/

To explore occupational outlooks and salaries:

National Compensation Survey

www.bls.gov/ncs/

National Association of College and Employers  (NACE) 

http://www.naceweb.org/salary resources/index.aspx 

Professional Organizations

American Association for State and Local History

www.aaslh.org 

American Historical Association 

www.historians.org 

American Studies Association 

www.theasa.net 

Historians Film Committee 

www.filmandhistory.org 

Organization of American Historians

www.oah.org 

National Council on Public History 

www.ncph.org 

Georgia Southern Student Organizations

  • Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society 
  • Southern Creative Anachronists 
  • History Club 
  • Phi Alpha Delta

Last updated: 7/26/2022