History Jobs, Careers and Graduate Study
Ninety-one percent of those who participated in the alumni survey indicated receiving job offers or an acceptance to graduate school within six months of graduation.
There are lots of reasons why people study history, and most of these reasons relate to skills that will help you find a better job.
For example: maybe you study history from a desire to better understand why our society and world operate as they do, which could prepare you for a career in which understanding the past of individuals and societies helps in understanding the present: like foreign service, or the law, or the ministry.
Or maybe you're fascinated by the people and events of the past and you'd love to teach history in high school or work in an historical museum or get a job in historical preservation or do graduate work in history or archaeology.
Or maybe you enjoy the mental disciplines history fosters, like analytical reading, library research, writing which communicates about real events and argue interpretations and you plan to use these skills in a career like journalism or legal research.
There are many skills you can strengthen in studying history at Roanoke College.
Talk with a faculty member in the department for assistance in clarifying the skills you want to develop further.
Look into resources using a comprehensive database of available career opportunities for history graduates using Resources for History Graduates.
For further information about the careers you can pursue with these skills, contact the Office of Career Services.
Kathleen Ouyang '13 is headed to China this summer for a 14-month language learning and research trip through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. She will research the impact of heritage tourism in the city of Xi'an.