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Those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it, so let’s applaud our history majors!

Actually, only a small percentage of history majors go on to become professional historians. Many pursue careers as lawyers, businesspersons, writers, librarians, archivists, researchers, teachers, politicians, and even entertainers. The study of History stimulates curiosity and provides training in critical thinking, which are assets in a great variety of careers. 

Leaders in every industry, from business to the arts, can point to their training as history majors as the starting point for their success. Indeed, historical study plays an important part in fostering well-rounded intellectual development as well as developing valuable career skills in research, writing, argumentation, and documentation. Just to name a few such leaders:


  • John F. Kennedy (Past President of the United States)
  • Dr. Janice MacKinnon (Former Minister of Finance in Saskatchewan)
  • Conan O’Brien (Television Host)
  • Chris Berman (Sportscaster)


Examples of potential professions:

  • Archivist
  • Businessperson
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Historian
  • Lawyers
  • Legal Assistant
  • Librarian
  • Museum / Art Gallery Curator or Technician
  • Politician
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Training Specialist
  • Writer

Click here to learn more about careers in the History discipline.