Because every succeeding generation has new questions to ask of the past, history is constantly being rewritten, which makes it an exciting, dramatic discipline. Perhaps of equal importance, studying history allows students to develop skills in demand in the workplace. In fact, a recent survey found that employers rank writing, research, critical-thinking, and perspective-taking as the most vital skills they hope to see in new hires. These are precisely the skills one develops in the sustained study of history. History majors not only develop as writers, they also produce a capstone paper inviting them to locate, evaluate, and make sense of evidence. For more on how to articulate the skills you develop as a history major, click here. Meanwhile, the American Historical Association has compiled a fun list of famous history majors.

Kevin Schultz Lecture


You may also want to take a look at a recent study of "How Liberal-Arts Majors Fare over the Long Haul" in the January 22, 2014 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education. This study reports that liberal-arts majors have around the same earning potential over the course of their careers as those who choose professional and pre-professional degrees.

See also this 2015 AHA blog: "Entering the Job Market with a BA in History"


Internships are essential for History majors to gain experience in potential career fields and to acquire on-the-job skills. There are a number of resources at UIC for exploring careers. LAS Internship Program at UIC will help students search for appropriate internships for their career goals. The LAS Resources for Career Development page offers advice on how to match the skills you gain from your LAS major to specific careers. Also see UIC Office of Career Services for internship opportunities (and job fairs). The UIC Career Services organizes workshops on resumes, effective interviewing, and cover letters. Check out the site to learn more about resources at UIC for you to explore career possibilities. 

Other resources outside UIC:

Careers for Students of History (American Historical Association)
Careers in Public History
History Associates Incorporated