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A Career Guide for the History Major


A major in History provides a thorough examination of how nations and civilizations have developed; how their political, economic, and social developments have been shaped; and how ideas and institutions have influenced the progress of people. This major embraces a broad humanistic liberal arts approach for general education purposes. It also provides graduates with a wide variety of professional career paths including government, business, and education.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • Reading historical/biographical works
  • Report writing
  • Curiosity about other cultures
  • Historical preservation projects
  • Working with facts/details
  • Public Service
Aptitudes
  • Critical thinking
  • Strong memory skills
  • Ability to interpret current events in relation to the past
  • Identifying problems
  • Compiling and evaluating information
  • Perceptiveness
  • Computer literacy
  • Organizing ideas/project development
  • Research oriented
  • Accuracy/attention to detail
  • Exceptional written/oral communication skills

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


In addition to the other requirements stipulated by the Schmidt College and the University, students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in History must complete a minimum of 42 hours in history. These include a total of 12 hours of survey courses: Civilization I and II and U.S. History to 1877 and from 1877 to the present; and 30 additional hours on the 3000 level or above, including Introduction to Historical Study, senior seminar, two courses each in United States history and European history, one course each in Latin American history; and Non-Western history, and two additional elective courses.


OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


The following are examples of positions often held by History graduates:

Government/Public Sector

Historian
Policy Analyst
Paralegal
Peace Corps/Vista Volunteer
Librarian
Lawyer
Historical Preservation Staff
Curator
Museum Worker/Director
Foreign Service Officer
Historic Site Administrator
Lobbyist
Consumer Advocate
Member of Congress
Public Administrator
Revenue Agent, IRS
Indexer
Government Official

Business/Education

Financial Analyst
Corporate Trainer
Foundation Administrator
Human Resource Officer
Sales/Marketing Representative
Insurance Agent
Loan Administrator
Operations Researcher
Travel Agent
Retail Manager
Affirmative Action Officer
Editor of Newspaper
Production Manager
Foreign News Correspondent
Archivist
Teacher/Professor
Business Owner
Genealogist
Coordinator School/Youth Programs

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/professional school, internships or job descriptions,and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Dorothy F.Schmidt College of Arts & Letters
Boca Raton Campus - Arts & Humanities Building, Room 213 (AH 213)
561-297-3800

Davie Campus - Liberal Arts Building, Room 421 (LA 421)
954-236-1101

Department of History
Boca Raton Campus, Arts and Humanities Building, Room 107 (AH 107)
561-297-3840


The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the Schmidt College of Arts & Humanities, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of History.
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