Career Paths in History

Famous History Majors

In Politics and Public Life Presidents of the United States Theodore Roosevelt (also president of the American Historical Association, 1912) Woodrow Wilson (also president of the American Historical Association, 1924) Franklin D. Roosevelt John F. Kennedy Richard Nixon George W. Bush Dwight Eisenhower (he wrote CRUSADE IN EUROPE, a full history of WWII) Other World Leaders W.E.B. DuBois (also one of the first Americans, and the first African-American, to earn a Ph.D. in history – from Harvard) Henry Kissinger Gordon Brown (Prime Minister of Great Britain)...

I know what I'm gonna do with that

An education for the future What do employers want most in recent college graduates?  According to a study by Forbes, they want people who work well on teams, exercise good judgment, solve problems, communicate well, plan and prioritize work, obtain and process information, write and edit reports, and sell and influence others.   These are all skills that you will learn as a History major or minor. Did you know 92% of surveyed 2017-18 University of Illinois humanities had secured a first destination, which means they’ve gotten jobs, are heading to graduate school, or are...

Internships

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 digital exhibits at the Illinois Distributed Museum visitor services and collections at the Champaign County History Museum online GIS...