Public Service and Pre-Law
Why a History Major a good choice: History, with its emphasis on critical thinking and communication skills (both oral and written) is excellent preparation for law school.
What to do: Make an appointment with Pre-Law Advisor Dr. Courtney Daum in the Political Science Department. She can tell you about recommended courses to prepare for the law school admission exam, as well as provide information about law schools and C.S.U. scholarships for pre-law students.
Social Studies Teaching
Why a History Major is a good choice: Teaching history and related subjects in the public schools is urgently needed. There are many employment opportunities and CSU graduates receive desirable jobs.
What to do: Talk to Dr. Jessica Jackson, the History Department's Social Studies Teaching faculty. You can also contact the academic advisor in the History Department about Social Studies Teaching concentration in the History major, or look at the information on the History Department's web site to see if it's right for you. Please note that a 3.0 grade point average is needed for admission to C.S.U.'s education program.
Why a History Major is a good choice: Public history – the profession of presenting history to the public through museums, archives, national parks, historical buildings, or writing about history for a public audience – is a natural fit for students who want to work in history outside the traditional teaching professions.
What to do: Take a course about public history (HIST 479 / Practice of Public History, HIST 478 / Heritage Resource Management, HIST 476 / History of America's National Parks). Talk to Professors Sarah Payne, Thomas Cauvin, and Leisl Carr-Childers – our specialists in public history – about careers, other useful undergraduate courses, and our M.A. program's concentration in public history, which has an excellent placement record for internships and jobs.
Graduate School in History (M.A. / Ph.D.)
Why a History Major is a good choice: If you love history and have the aptitude, graduate studies can provide intellectual stimulation and lead to a career teaching history at the university level or working in the field of public history.
What to do: Talk to a History Department faculty member who teaches in your field of interest (U.S., European, Latin American, African, or Asian history) about graduate programs and about the courses you should plan to take now to prepare for graduate school. The History Department at C.S.U. offers an M.A. in History; our graduates have been admitted to some of the top Ph.D. programs in the U.S.
Why a History Major is a good choice: The critical thinking and communication skills that History majors learn, along with our students' ability to analyze how societies change over time, constitute a good preparation for careers in business.
What to do: CSUs' College of Business offers a minor in Business Administration.
Other Resources to Explore Careers in History
The CSU Career Center offers information and advice about academic majors and careers.