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Explore this Major

Learn more about the history majorAll liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and history majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include extensive understanding of history and historical patterns, analysis and research skills, strong verbal and written communication skills, and critical thinking and flexible problem-solving skills.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "SEI" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.

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Graduate Programs in History

This is a small sample of programs alumni have gone onto, to find graduate programs in this field, search the Grad School Directory or Peterson's Guide.

  • Master of Arts, History Museum Studies, State of New York College at Oneonta. Postgrad job: Director, Mill City Museum
  • Master of Arts, History, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Postgrad job: Public Programs Specialist, Mill City Museum
  • Master of Arts, Art History, the University of St. Thomas
  • PhD, History, University of Pennsylvania

Alumni Career Examples 

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 

Government & Law

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Intern, Minnesota State Senator Mike Jungabuer
  • Intern for Latino-Latina Community, Minnesota DFL
  • Immigration Services Intern, International Institute of Minnesota
  • Congressional Intern, U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison
  • Intern, Office of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar
  • Constituent Outreach Intern, Office of Governor Mark Dayton
  • Republican Intern, Minnesota State Senate

Entry-Level

  • Paralegal Specialist, United States Army Reserve
  • Legislative Assistant, Minnesota State Senator John Pederson
  • Paralegal, Lofstrom Law Firm LLC
  • Legislative Assistant, Minnesota House of Representatives

Experienced

  • Research Law Clerk, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium
  • Foreign Service Officer, Department of State*
  • Senior Public Health Specialist, City of Minneapolis*

Graduate Programs

  • JD, Law, University of Chicago. Postgrad job: Law Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • JD, William Mitchell College of Law. Postgrad job: Law Clerk, Office of the Commissioner of Human Services, Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Master of Arts, Public Policy, University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Postgrad job: State Representative, State of Minnesota
Arts

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Oral History Intern, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Intern, National Museum of Ireland
  • Creative Engagement Intern, Weisman Art Museum
  • Curator Intern, James Ford Bell Library
  • Evaluations Intern, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Museum Studies Intern, Exhibits Development Group
  • History Day Mentor, History Day Minnesota
  • Conservation and Education Intern, Westminister Archives Centre
  • Interpretative Program Intern, Mill City Museum
  • Textile Conservation Intern, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Museum Studies Intern, Exhibits Development Group
  • Collections Intern, Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
  • Digitization Intern, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Artistic Collaborator, Voice to Visions

Entry-Level

  • Historical Interpreter, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Historic Site Interpreter, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Oral Historian, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Museum Evaluator, Minnesota Historical Society

Experienced

  • Associate Director of Planned Giving, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Interpretative Programs Assistant, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Project Associate for Newspaper Digitization, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Communications & Brand Manager, Bell Museum of Natural History
  • Visitor Services Supervisor, The National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Arts, Museum Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Business

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Intern, Danfoss Inc.
  • Communications Analyst, 3M
  • Global Communications Intern, 3M
  • Copywriting Intern, Footlocker

Entry-Level

  • Loan Documentation Specialist, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
  • Merchandise Coordinator, Macy’s
  • Financial Educator, Wells Fargo
  • Recruiter, Pro Staff
  • Personal Banker, Wells Fargo
  • Broker Account Executive, UnitedHealth Group
  • Assistant Promotion Director, MNN Radio Networks
  • Business Development Associate, CEB

Experienced

  • Team Lead, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
  • Sourcing Specialist, HealthPartners
  • Organization Effectiveness Training Coordinator, Target
  • Senior Recruiter, Cargill
  • District Manager, Wells Fargo
  • National Renewal Account Executive, UnitedHealth Group
  • Project Coordinator, Infinity Promotions
  • Business User Consultant, Target
  • Senior Merchandise Specialist, Target
  • Workflow Coordinator, Deloitte

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Business Administration, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Postgrad job: Manager Talent Acquisition, Ecolab
  • Master of Business Administration, University of St. Thomas
  • Master of Science, Human Resources Management, Capella University. Postgrad job: Recruiter, HealthPartners
Nonprofit & Advocacy

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Entry-Level

  • AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, Rise Inc.
  • Rise Fellow, New Sector Alliance
  • Archives Technician, Minnesota Public Radio
  • Youth Development Specialist, YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis
  • Administrative Assistant to Vice President of Finance & Administration, Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Summer Institute Intern, World Without Genocide

Experienced

  • Human Resources Assistant, Leadership, Empowerment and Development (LEAD)

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Arts, Gender and Women's Studies, Brandeis University
  • Master of Arts, Philanthropy and Development, Saint Mary's University. Postgrad job: Director of Development, Major Gifts, University of Minnesota.
Education

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Entry-Level

  • Principle Office and Administrative Specialist, Department of American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Student Personnel Coordinator, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Program Associate, Events and Communications, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Literary Leaders Program Assistant, The New York Public Library

Experienced

  • Program/Project Specialist, University of Minnesota-College of Liberal Arts
  • Assistant Director of Business Development, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Arts, Educational Policy and Administration in Higher Education, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Master of Library & Information science, Dominican University
  • Master of Education, Social Studies, University of Minnesota
  • Master of Arts, Multicultural College of Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota

 

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