Students who focus on history develop strong reading, writing and critical thinking skills, and the ability to organize seemingly independent information into a unified whole (synthesis). These skills are required in order to research and analyze historical events and to apply past lessons of history to today's problems. They are also general skills valued by employers in a wide variety of occupations.

Depending on the area of history studied while in school and whether or not a student pursues post-graduate education, career opportunities for students majoring in History currently include the following:

  • Teacher/faculty.
  • Archivist.
  • Writer/researcher.
  • Museum curator/administrator.

For more information about these careers, as well as the current employment outlook, visit the U.S. Department of Labor and Oregon Employment Department websites.