History

Transferable Skills that History Majors Develop:
In addition to the specific subject matter that History majors learn, they acquire many skills that can easily transfer to any subject matter.  The following is a list of transferable skills that History majors develop:

Explaining ideas  
Writing and presenting information  
Synthesizing information  
Explaining the present by referring to the past  
Analyzing ideas and information  
Drawing theoretical conclusions  
Seeing relationships between many factors
Interpreting events and ideas    
Examining evidence  
Developing a worldview  
Making clear and fair judgments based on evidence  
Understanding change in the context of time  
Planning and conducting research

Possible job titles for History majors:
Appraiser
Architect
Archivist/Librarian
College/University Official
Cultural Affairs Officer
Filmmaker
Foreign Correspondent
Genealogist
Historian
Historic Site Administrator
Intelligence Specialist
Museum Curator
Teacher
Writer 

Types of employers:
Academic & Professional Periodicals 
Antique Dealers
Archives
Business & Industry
Chambers of Commerce
Communications Media
Educational Institutions
Film Companies
Government Agencies
Historical Societies
Libraries
Magazines and Newspapers
Nonprofit Foundations 
Public Relations Firms
Publishing Companies
Travel Industry

Resources available in the Career Library:

Opportunities in Museum Careers, by Blythe Camenson
Great Jobs for Liberal Arts Majors, by Blythe Camenson

 Visit the HSC History Department website or catalogue!

Other sources of information:
Career counselors and faculty members are great resources.  Visit the Career Development Office early and often, and make time to talk to professors in your major and related fields.  Ask at the Career Development Office for help locating Hampden-Sydney alums in career fields that interest you and set up informational interviews with them. Professional associations are excellent sources of career and employment information, and many of them have websites.  Surf the internet, keeping in mind that many colleges and universities have websites for their Career Centers and for each academic major, many of which include career and employment information as well as links to professional associations and other useful websites. Contact the following organizations and websites for more information:

American Association of Museums 
www.aam-us.org

American Historical Association 
http://www.historians.org/

American Studies Association
www.theasa.net

Museum Employment Resource Center
http://www.museum-employment.com/

National Association of Independent Schools
www.nais.org