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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

  • 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 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 now 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.

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