Outcomes in history

Careers in History

Because the study of history is wide-ranging, it provides excellent training for a wide variety of careers. Some history majors go on to careers directly related to history: some pursue graduate study and teaching at the college level, a good number combine a history major or minor with preparation for certification to teach at the secondary level and a few pursue museum or archival work. But most history majors and minors take their historically refined knowledge of the world and analytical and communication skills to other careers. The history faculty are continuously engaged in advising students regarding their career goals.

History is good training for careers in law, business, government, the foreign service, journalism, and publishing. Moreover, those who wish to continue in history will find opportunities in teaching, historical preservation, and both management and interpretation in historical museums, sites, archives, and libraries. Historians also write and edit publications and manage archives for the government, publishers, and many businesses. These and other career options aside, the fundamental fact, recognized by the history department and employers alike, is that a consciousness of history and its critical skills is not a luxury, but a vital part of a liberal education.


What Can You Do with a History Major? Here’s What Some Recent Ursinus History graduates are doing:
  • Stephanie Dell’Elmo (2006), Upper Merion, PA, High School , Advanced Placement U.S. History Teacher
  • Carolyn Faris (2006), Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York City, M.A. Program in Art History
  • Timothy Garman (2006), Master of Divinity program at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.
  • Caitlin McGuire (2006), Ph.D. program in criminal justice at Temple University, Philadelphia
  • Lauren Perrotti (2006), J.D. program at James Mason Univ. School of Law, Virginia.
  • Owen Weaver (2006), J.D. Program, New England School of Law, Boston
  • Andrew Larsen (2005), Intensive Language Program, Monterey Language Institute, California
  • Holly Poorman (2005), M.S. Library Science Program, Drexel University, Philadelphia
  • Gerard Rogers (2005), Social Studies teacher, Upper Darby, PA, High School
  • Michael Romeo (2005), Social Studies and History teacher, Pottsgrove, PA, School District
  • Katherine Barr (2004), assistant curator, Mill Grove, home of John J. Audubon, National Audubon Society, PA.
  • Megan Hershey (2004), Ph.D. program, Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Lisa Minardi (2004), curatorial staff, Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, DE
  • Sarah Ulmer Sadeh (2004), MA in Middle East Studies (U of Tel Aviv), Middle East Forum (Philadelphia)
  • Amy Williams (2004), Duke University (N.C.), PhD. Program in German History
  • David Brown (2002), LLB., LLM., Univ. of Miami Law School 
  • Hecksher, Teillon, Terrill, Sager, P.C. (PA)