As they study the past, history majors obtain analytical and writing skills and develop an appreciation of long-range trends. Graduates therefore enter fields from futures forecasting and management training to the law, public service, and journalism. The knowledge gained as a history major can also lead to careers in teaching—secondary and college—as well as archival and museum work. Finally, students have the opportunity to experience personal development through the study of the past—useful in all careers, as in life itself.
Students planning graduate work in history should include advanced course work in at least one foreign language. Completion of a thesis is also highly recommended.