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Careers & Beyond


Common Professional Paths
Internship Opportunities
Employers/Careers of Recent Graduates
Graduate Schools/Programs Attended by Recent Graduates
Online Resources for History Students
Famous History Majors 


Common Professional Paths

The study of history, as our graduates have proved, is a gateway to a number of professional and history-related occupations, in addition to teaching. Many opportunities, such as archival and museum work, editing, historic preservation, and public history normally require graduate study on the masters level. College teaching realistically requires the doctorate. Those interested in teaching in the public schools will major in Education. Overall, career options include:

  • Archivist
  • Biographer
  • Business
  • Civil Service
  • Commentator
  • Editing
  • Genealogist
  • Graduate Studies (many options)
  • Historian
  • Historical Librarian
  • Historical Societies
  • International Business
  • Law
  • Legislative Staff Work
  • Litigation Support
  • Movie Industry
  • Museum Director
  • Politics
  • Public History
  • Reporter
  • Teacher
  • Tourism
  • U.S. Foreign Service
  • Writer

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Internship Opportunities

At the University of Charleston you can watch history being made directly across the Kanawha River in the State Capitol. Research and internship opportunities are available at the State Archives Museum, the State Historic Preservation Office, and other government agencies. Double-majoring in political science or public policy, provides history students additional internship opportunities.

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Employers/Careers of Recent Graduates

  • Information to come

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Graduate Schools/Programs Attended by Recent Graduates

  • West Virginia University
  • University of Arkansas
  • Marshall University

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Online Resources for History Students

Famous History Majors

Politicians

Theodore Roosevelt (President)
Woodrow Wilson (President)
Franklin Roosevelt (President)
John F. Kennedy (President)
Richard Nixon (President)
George W. Bush (President)
W.E.B. DuBois (founder of the NAACP)
Henry Cabot Lodge (Senator)
George McGovern (Senator and Presidential candidate)
George Mitchell (Senator)
Henry Kissinger (Secretary of State)
Newt Gingrich (Speaker of the House)
Antonin Scalia (Justice of the Supreme Court)

Entertainers

Katharine Hepburn (actress)
Conan O'Brien (late night talk-show host)
Lauryn Hill (singer)
Edward Norton (actor)
Ellen Barkin (actress)
Michael Palin (member of Monty Python and travel writer)
Janeane Garofolo (comedienne)
Jimmy Buffet (singer)
Tony Danza (actor)

Athletes

Joe Namath
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Jackie Joyner-Kersee 

News Media

Chris Berman (ESPN Sportscaster)
Wolf Blitzer (CNN anchor)
Seymour Hersh (investigative journalist)
Charles Kuralt (travel and news correspondent)

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