Department of History

Career Opportunities

Historians are everywhere. Why? Because the knowledge and skills of a History major are adaptable to so many different careers. If you have chosen to study history because you love the subject and are looking for a profession that puts your historical knowledge to work directly, then you have several options. Have you considered these careers? Archivist

  • Documentarian
  • Exhibit and set designer
  • Historical preservationist
  • Historical consultant
  • Historical editor or publisher
  • History educator
  • Archivist
  • Librarian
  • Museum curator

If you would like to know more about the careers listed above, you can find more information and resources here.

Graduate School Success. The History department is the department in the College of Arts and Sciences (according to the last survey of recent graduates) with the HIGHEST PERCENTAGE of our former majors in graduate programs-these include programs in Law, International Relations, and Education as well as History programs. Nearly 40% of our graduates wind up in graduate school. We will have some opportunities this year for majors to learn more about graduate school options in many areas.

Historical skills are always in demand. Though the above careers often deal with history explicitly, there are many other professional fields where your strong research, communication, and critical thinking skills are valued and necessary for successes. Here's a short list of some of those choices:

  • Publishing
  • Journalism
  • Public administration
  • Foreign service
  • Public policy analysis
  • Speech writing
  • Grant writing
  • Law
  • Media analysis
  • Market research
  • Public relations
  • Finance
  • Educational administration

UNCW offers many resources to help you decide which direction you wish to go. We encourage you to share your career plans or questions with your history advisor or Prof. Candice Bredbenner, Undergraduate Coordinator.

The American Historical Association, also provides some helpful advice on career planning and the job market for students with a B. A. in History.

The University Career Center at UNCW offers several valuable services and events to help you identify the employment fields well-matched with your strengths and interests. Visit their website to access the Center's resources and to set up an appointment with a career counselor.