A history degree doesn’t prepare you for one career option, it gives you flexible, adaptable skills that appeal to diverse employers. In the History Department, you will build skills, participate in activities and events, and discover new interests that shape your future.


Build a Base of Marketable Skills

What do we mean when we say that history courses teach critical thinking skills?

History is a rigorous research field. In history classes, students:

  • generate and manage data
  • understand and assess multiple perspectives
  • challenge assumptions
  • unearth hidden networks
  • communicate complex relationships
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Build Yourself a Strong Resume

Talk to your professors and visit the CSU Career Center to understand how the skills you learn in your History degree shape a strong resume.


Alta Compton (’07) Uses Skills She Developed in History Classes to Help Others.

Discover What Motivates You

We recommend that every history major pursues an internship or independent study to gain work experience in public history, government, business, or education. This lets you discover what you want to do with your degree and shape your degree to fit your goals.

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Heidi Fuhrman's Experience ('18) in Public History Shows How Classes and Internships Work Together to Help Students Pursue the Careers They Want

Prepare for an Advanced Degree

Many careers that history majors pursue require an advanced degree. Use your history courses, internships, and independent studies to prepare for the next stage of your education. Talk to your professors about how and where to apply. Your professors can also write letters of recommendation for you.

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Alexandra Hernandez (B.A '08, M.A. '10) Describes Her Path Through Graduate School and Internships to a Job With the National Park Service.