Ah yes, that question. It’s one that we’re all familiar with from interactions with prospective students (and their parents), and one we’ll be trying to answer from time to time here at AC 2nd. Look for us to feature interviews with Bethel History alumni who’ve entered different professions.
But in the meantime, if you’re a high school or college student who loves history but isn’t sure what you can do (professionally) with a major in the field…
John Fea of Messiah College has long been running a series of answers to the question at his blog, The Way of Improvement Leads Home. Rather than respond to the question himself, he’s solicited posts from or published interviews with former History majors (not all from Messiah) who have gone into a wide variety of fields. He hasn’t added a post since last fall, but the series is up to thirty-seven installments.
Click here to browse the entire series, or start with one of the more recent answers to “So What CAN You Do With a History Major?”:
- Coordinate medical services for children with an NGO in East Africa
- Direct learning and technology for a master’s program at a research university
- Work as an IT professional
- Edit a national periodical — and in your spare time, write books as an independent historian
- Go to graduate school — and during your summer, direct the social media campaign for a small business