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Your major helps you develop knowledge, skills and abilities that employers seek.

To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through your coursework, activities and work, consider using the reflection worksheets (accessible via B.hired > Resources) and/or Type Focus (accessible via B.hired > Resources).

To build your resume, please review Hiatt's sample resumes.

Internships

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The Brandeis Internship Exchange is a convenient online tool to find and share internship opportunities.

Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to search internships by major.

History

Overview
First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths
Internships
What to do with a degree in History
History Web Sites
Skills, Abilities & Knowledge
Sample of Occupations

Overview 

The History Department helps students gain a broad introduction to the development of the modern world. In consultation with their faculty advisor, students should craft an individual curriculum that satisfies their interests and career plans. The department is deeply committed to the development of writing and analytical skills that are invaluable and transferable, regardless of future career.

A major in history prepares students for a wide range of professions. While many graduates go on to become educators and attorneys, others work in the public sector, business and finance.

First Destination Data

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that History alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a History major at Brandeis.

History Department Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a History major at Brandeis.

Year  Company Title Industry
2004 Boston History & Innovation Collaborative Public History Program Manager Arts
1979 University of Florida, Department of History Professor of History and Criminology Higher Education
2005 History Associates, Inc. Historian Consulting
2007 Bridgewater Associates Technology Recruiting Human Resources Consulting
1967 Lower East Side Tenement Museum President Museum - Administration
2007 Medical Information Tech Inc. Software Development Programmer High Technology Hardware/Software R & D
1992 Credit Suisse Global Head Control Room Law
2004 The Chang Law Firm Attorney Real Estate Law
2006 National Museum of American Jewish History Curatorial Assistant Museum - Administration
1980 EC Next Manta Sales Manager Publishing/Journalism
1994 The Hatherleigh Company Assistant Editor Publishing/Journalism
1985 MELD Co-founder Business
1992 Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP Partner Law - Mergers/Acquisitions
2003 International Monetary Fund Information Management Finance/Banking
1994 The Futures Company Senior Account Manager Marketing and Advertisement

Internships 

In addition to your coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify History majors' internships.

What to Do with a Degree in History (.pdf)


Featured History Web Sites

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Knowledge
  • Seeing relationships between factors
  • Developing a world view
  • Understanding the present by referring to the past

Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development


Sample Occupations

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Anthropologist
FBI / CIA Agent
Journalist
Archeologist
Foreign News Corresp.
Lawyer
Archivist
Foreign Service Officer
Lecturer
Biographer
Genealogist
Clergy
Government Official
Librarian
Community Relations Dir.
Historian
Lobbyist
Congressional Aide
Sociologist

Historic Preservationist
Market Research Analyst
Consumer Advocate
Media Consultant
Counselor
Historical Society Staff
Museum Curator
Demographer
Park Ranger
Economist
Intelligence Analyst
Peace Corps / Vista Worker
International Relations
Political Scientist
Psychologist
Teacher, Social Studies
Urban Administrator
Research Assistant
Travel Agent

Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development