History

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Careers

History alumni are successful in a wide range of fields, and History faculty are continuously engaged in advising students regarding their career goals.  

What can you do with a History major?

The real question is, what CAN’T you do with a History major! The success of UC History students and alumni clearly disproves the stereotypes, and emphasizes the fundamental fact, recognized by academics and employers alike, that a consciousness of history and its critical skills (research, analysis, and communication) is not a luxury, but a vital key to lifelong success

Wide-ranging careers

Think a History major is for high school teaching? Not necessarily. The majority of UC History students take their historically refined knowledge of the world and analytical and communication skills to diverse careers, including law, business, government, public service, the foreign service, journalism, and publishing. 

Careers with a focus on history

Students who do wish to continue in history find opportunities in teaching, historical preservation, and both management and interpretation in historical museums, sites, archives, and libraries. Ursinus offers certification in secondary education, and many internships and externships help students develop skills for archive and public education work. 

Proactive advising and networking events 

Helping students prepare for life after college is a top priority for the department. In addition to focused individual advising, faculty offer a number of History-specific information sessions and alumni networking events during each academic year. 

 

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What alumni have to say about UC History and their careers: 

“I truly believe that had I not been taught and mentored by this staff I would not be anywhere near where I am right now. I think that the UC History Department is hitting all of the major items that should be hit in a history class in a college setting. I was exposed to all different types of research materials and methods. My writing skills were enhanced. My ability to articulate complex ideas was strengthened. I was pushed at every turn to grow in my understanding of History as a discipline and beyond.”
Kevin Bench, Class of 2009

“The education I received as a history major has been instrumental in my career as an attorney and was extremely helpful in preparing me for law school.”  
Owen Weaver, Class of 2006

“My History 401 thesis and my internship at a DC documentary company, along with some freelance newspaper writing, each taught me how to write in a different way for a different purpose. Together they have helped me succeed in jobs ranging from reporting, to grant writing, to government policy.”
Joanna Doyle Shane, Class of 1999

“I had a great education…The ability to express yourself and make cogent arguments is necessary in today’s business world. In retrospect the analysis of diverse materials and the ability to synthesize then organize those materials were skills honed at Ursinus in the History program.”
Matthew Miller, Class of 1993

The History Dept. at Ursinus College is outstanding on every level. Each professor brings his or her unique skill set to small classrooms in order to promote the study of history. I learned a great deal about the subject of history as a result of my education. Beyond this, I learned how to analyze and interpret facts in order to draw logical conclusions. This skill has been essential to my career as a police officer.”
Lee Brodowski, Class of 2001

“The abilities to think inferentially and intuitively have helped me immensely in my career as an educator. These are skills honed in my classes at Ursinus. As an administrator in education I must work constantly to relay pertinent information to my teachers. I break down data, interpret laws, and research trends in our field. None of this would have been possible without the skills I learned from the History department at Ursinus…Whether you plan to become a teacher, lawyer, member of the many parts of our country’s law enforcement, or work in a foreign embassy, the skills honed as a History major or minor lay the foundations for a successful career.”
Ed Kloss, Class of 2000

“I am a firm believer in the importance of a liberal education because of the foundation in provides an individual in understanding the world in which s/he lives. History is the most all-encompassing academic discipline for a liberal education and I believe the most useful academic major for anyone who wants to be a well-informed participant in society.” 
Aaron Ranck, Class of 2002