Career Paths in History

Alumni Stories

Margaret Jodlowski, ’12 – M.S. Candidate in Agricultural and Applied Economics

Big Business wants Historians

Investment bank Goldman Sachs has begun to earnestly prioritize hiring liberal arts majors.  Its very own CEO, Lloyd Blankfein, majored in history as an undergraduate.  Last year, the firm's head of “human capital management” said: "We want to hire not just the economics or business undergraduate but there is that pure liberal arts or history major that could be the next Lloyd Blankfein."

Career Planning Course

interviewHistory majors at Illinois learn a lot about research, analysis, and problem solving, but they learn and describe these skills within an academic discipline that categorizes knowledge and competencies differently than the workplace does.

Famous History Majors

In Politics and Public Life

Presidents of the United States

Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt (also president of the American Historical Association, 1912)

Woodrow Wilson (also president of the American Historical Association, 1924)

I know what I'm gonna do with that

smiling studentDid you know?

  • 89% of surveyed 2015-16 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 institution

Internships

archives internsInternships 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