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The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a BA or BGS, as well as a MA and a PhD in History. The history major allows students to explore the richness and diversity of human experience in the past while building skills of analysis, interpretation, research, and communication. All history majors gain knowledge of significant historical transformations that have shaped the world. History majors learn to think critically, to conduct historical research, and to present the results of their research in clear and coherent writing.

History Department website



Sample of Related Skills

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key historical facts, values, and ideas that have shaped civilizations throughout history 
  • Analyze secondary sources and identify various approaches to historical interpretation through critical reading 
  • Construct historical arguments based on primary sources and the historical method 
  • Conduct independent historical research 
  • Present results of research in both oral and written format 
  • Develop the ability to examine other societies in a global context and to look at one's own society in the context of other societies 

Popular Career Paths

Curatorial and Archival Management: Includes acquiring documents and works, documenting them, and ensuring their preservation.

Education (Classroom and Non-Classroom): Involves educating children or adults on historical information in a variety of settings: museums, schools, libraries, historical sites, camps, etc.

Historical Preservation & Conservation: Works to promote and implement policies and practices to protect and preserve historical sites and cultural resources.

Writing & Research: Utilizes research and writing skills to contribute research, data analysis, and written works to historical organizations/educational institutions, publications (academic journals, magazines, books) or other media/entertainment (television shows, movies, plays).

Information Specialization: Involves the management of books, documents, archives, exhibit pieces, products, etc. with the use of technology.

Business Administration and Management: Allows one to use the abilities to collect and digest information, draw conclusions,analyze data, comprehend and explain facts, etc. in a variety of business settings.

Explore More Career Paths

  • Working Your Degree - career ideas for history majors, as well as tips for landing a job in your field of interest

Jobs to Consider


Art Conserver


Claims Adjuster/Examiner/Investigator

Collections Manager

Conservation/Preservation Specialist

Coordinator of School and Youth Programs


Director of Visitor Services

Education Coordinator

Exhibit Designer

Grant Writer


Historical Researcher

Information Systems Manager

Intelligence Analyst

Interpretive Guide


Library and Information Specialist


Market Researcher

Media Specialist

Museum Registrar


Policy or Program Analyst

Public Relations Officer


Research Analyst

Tour Director

Training and Development Specialist

Travel Agent

Urban Park Ranger


Places to Seek Employment


Chambers of Commerce

Colleges and Universities

Consulting Firms

Historic Preservation/Conservation Societies

Historical Journals, Magazines, and Publishers

Insurance Agencies: Claims Departments

Law Firms


Local, State, and Federal Government Agencies

Local, State, and National Parks


Nature Centers/Wildlife Refuges

Non-Profit Organizations

Private Corporations (Records Management)

Research Centers

Study Abroad Offices

TV Networks, Film Studios, & Theatres

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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest in history, so you can focus your academics and experiences toward these fields.
  2. Become familiar with the required professional qualifications associated with careers that interest you (i.e., advanced degrees, licensure and/or certifications).
  3. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  4. Register for HireJayhawks.com and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  5. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest in history, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
  6. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant.
  7. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills.
  8. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
  9. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as the: Natural History Museum Student Board, Student Ambassadors, and University of Kansas Student Historical Society.
  10. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume 1 (pdf), sample resume 2 (pdf).

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