- Define your goals and develop search strategies. Career Advisors at the Career Development Center (CDC) are here to help you develop strategies to find jobs and internships, improve your resume and cover letters, and access resources.
- Alumnae who studied this major or are working in the industry can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs, and graduate school. Learn how to conduct informational interviews with people working in the field and find alumnae through LinkedIn and the Alumnae Association's Career Directory.
- Your professors are a wonderful resource for advice on career questions in their field of expertise.
The goal of the history department is to establish historical literacy, which helps people navigate the world more effectively by instilling skills and learning habits that provide a foundation for a variety of careers, including business, law, medicine, public service, and advanced research and teaching. The ability to read and write critically, to ask meaningful questions, to research, interpret, and analyze data effectively, and to frame issues for given audiences are intellectual habits that lead to a lifetime of independent learning. Historical training also provides cross-cultural skills that enable people to confront moral and political dilemmas resourcefully.
Possible Careers for History Majors
- History: Archaeologist, Historian, Anthropologist, Archivist/Curator, Lobbyist, Political Scientist, Librarian, Foreign Service Officer, College Professor, Geographer, Sociologist, Economist, Scientific Linguist, Genealogists, Historic Preservationists, Lawyer
- History w/ Teacher Licensure: Teacher (History/Social Studies) Archeologist, Historian, Anthropologist, Archivist/Curator, Lobbyist, Political Scientist, Librarian, Foreign Service Officer, College Professor, Geographer, Sociologist, Economist, Scientific Linguist, Genealogists, Historic Preservationists, Lawyer
Internships: Mount Holyoke's Lynk Universal Application Funding (UAF) initiative offers internship funding for one domestic or international internship to every student that has secured a qualified summer internship or research position.
- Professional organizations/Career Resources
- Careers for Historians (Organization for American Historians)
- Careers for History Majors (American Historical Association): Go to the AHA Jobs & Careers page and read Careers for History majors, or check out job postings and Ph.D. programs.
- Smithsonian Institution Career Center: See what types of jobs are available at history museums, or search for internships and fellowships.
- Society of American Archivists
- American Association of Museums
- American Sociological Association
- American Anthropological Association
- Archaeological Institute of America
- Association of American Geographers
- GoinGlobal provides country-specific career information, expert advice, and insider tips for finding employment opportunities at home and abroad. Log in with your Handshakeaccount.
- Buzzfile and Vault Career Insider are useful tools available through the CDC for in-depth career research into specific areas of interest.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor, this online database gives a detailed description of various fields/occupations including interpreters & translators, social scientists, teachers, and international business consultants.