Careers in History


Why Major in History?

History majors graduate with skills essential for success in a changing job market. These include advanced research skills in digital and traditional media, the ability to analyze and interpret different kinds of documents and artifacts, and the capacity to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing. Whether it is a document that redefines foreign diplomacy, a farmer's almanac, or a popular movie, historians know how to ask the right questions in order to put these items into relevant and interesting historical and contemporary contexts. And they know how to do this in a timely and efficient manner.

For more information, see the American Historical Association's “Careers for Students of History” at

You might also want to read the recent report rating history graduates as the highest earners of students with degrees in the humanities:

Enter the Workforce with Skills in:

  • Research
  • Writing
  • Expressing Your Ideas
  • Assessing Cause and Effect
  • Problem Solving

Go Straight to Work in:

  • Public History
  • Political Aide
  • Freelance Writing
  • Grant Writing
  • Academic advising/admissions/registrar

Research for:

  • Newspapers
  • Television
  • Politicians
  • Business
  • Lawyers

Great Preparation for Graduate Programs in:

  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Museum Studies
  • Education
  • Law
  • Archaeology
  • Literature
  • Political Science
  • Library Science
  • Area Studies

SUNY Plattsburgh Career Development Center

Our Career Development Center provides services, resources, and programs designed to help students and alumni to better understand the career development process, and to enhance their professional preparation and employability.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

For more information about the history program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Gary Kroll, Chair
Office: Champlain Valley Hall 323
Phone: (518) 564-2738
Fax: (518) 564-2212