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Sara Temple

Alumni Spotlight: Sara Temple (2019)

A Bronze Tablet scholar, Centenary and Burkhardt prize-winner and president of the Penny Dreadful Players during her time at Illinois, Sara is excited to begin her teaching career in secondary education and infuse her students with her infectious love and passion for history and theater.

Alumni Stories

The possibilities are endless, but here are a few of the paths our alumni have chosen:

  • Media

  • Non-profit management

  • Health care

  • Entertainment

  • Business

  • Technology

  • Education

  • Law

  • Government

  • Publishing

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Famous History Majors

Theodore Roosevelt 

W.E.B. DuBois

Elena Kagan

Samantha Power

Clemson Smith Muñiz 

Steve Carell

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Annie Proulx

More Famous History Majors

An education for the future

  • 92% of surveyed 2017-18 University of Illinois humanities graduates had secured a first destination, which means they’ve gotten jobs, are heading to graduate school, or are volunteering full time (that's higher than the campus average!)

  • Nine out of 10 employers want applicants with deep knowledge and understanding of democratic institutions and values, per the American Association of Colleges and Universities 2015 report.
  • History majors score almost 9 percent higher on the GMAT than business majors, according to the 2013 Humanities Report Card from AAAS.
  • Our alumni work in almost every conceivable field, including law, business, tech, community outreach, teaching and more.
  • In a fast-changing world, the skills you build will be relevant to jobs that may not even exist yet.

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Internships are an essential way for history students to explore career paths and hone their skills. We have developed relationships across campus with professionals who want to work with history students. Our interns have contributed to exhibits and collections at the Spurlock Museum, visitor services and collections at the Champaign County History Museum, and more. 

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