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

Places to Seek Employment

  • Camps
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Consulting Firms
  • Historic Preservation/Conservation Societies
  • Historical Journals, Magazines, and Publishers
  • Insurance Agencies: Claims Departments
  • Law Firms
  • Libraries
  • Local, State, and Federal Government Agencies
  • Local, State, and National Parks
  • Museums
  • Nature Centers/Wildlife Refuges
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Private Corporations (Records Management)
  • Research Centers
  • Study Abroad Offices
  • TV Networks, Film Studios, & Theatres 

Job and Internship Search Resources

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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information. 
  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field. 
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.