Career and Leadership Development


Historians describe and analyze past events through writing, research, and teaching. Historians usually specialize in a specific country or geographical region; in a particular time period; or in a particular field, such as social, intellectual, political, or diplomatic history. Archivists and curators - who work for museums, special libraries, or historical societies - identify, classify, and preserve historical documents and artifacts. Biographers collect data on individuals. Genealogists trace family histories.

Undergraduate study of history can serve as a foundation for a variety of careers that use the skills gained from studying history. History also provides excellent background for professional study in areas such as journalism, law, management, theology, or international relations. The study of history helps you become a more interesting person as well as a more aware and effective citizen as you participate in your own society.

Emphases within the major:

History (BA/BS)
Secondary Education (BSE)
Social Studies Broadfield I or II (BSE)

Major skills acquired:

Adapting Ideas
Decision - Making
Decision - Making from Complex Information
Problem Solving
Report Writing
Seeing Relationships between Factors

Related occupations:

(With corresponding Dictionary of Occupational Titles number). The following list of related occupations is an open list of ideas to expand your career research. Some of these careers may require additional experience or education.
Archivist (101.167-010)
Bank Management Trainee (189.167-018)
Biographer (052.067-010)
Director, Research (052.067-010)
Director, State Historical Society (052.067-014)
Editorial Assistant (132.267-014)
Exhibition Preparation (102.381-010)
Foreign Service Staff (188.117-106)
Genealogist (052.067-018)
Government Analyst
Historian (052.067-022)
Historian, Dramatic Arts (052.067-026)
Historical Archeologist (055.067-018)
International Law & Relations Researcher
Lawyer (110.107-010)
Legislative Aide (199.267-034)
Lobbyist (165.107-010)
Museum Curator (102.107-010)
Preservation Specialist (055.381-010)
Public Opinion Pollster
Retail Management Trainee (189.167-018)
Supervisor of Historic Sites (102.117-010)
Tour Guide (237.367-050)
Urban Planner (199.167-014)

Representative employers that have hired our students:

Avon Elementary School - Grayslake, IL
Badger Business Products - Madison, WI
Baxter Health Care - Chicago, IL
Beaver Dam High School - Beaver Dam, WI
Chartered Foundation - Vernon Hills, IL
Milwaukee Public Museum - Milwaukee, WI
Dodge County - Waupun, WI
East Troy School District - East Troy, WI
Fort Atkinson Middle School - Fort Atkinson, WI
Independent Register - Brodhead, WI
Janesville School District - Janesville, WI
Jewish Community Centers - Skokie, IL
Lake Geneva Schools - Lake Geneva, WI
Metavante Corp. - Brown Deer, WI
Mount Horeb High School - Mount Horeb, WI
NEISD - San Antonio, TX
Parkview High School - Liburn, GA
Pittsville School District - Pittsville, MA
Pivot Point - Hustisford, WI
Rand McNally - Skokie, IL
Redwood & Ross - Brookfield, WI
Round Lake High School - Round Lake, IL
Sanders School District - Sanders, AZ
Strong Funds - Menomonee Falls, WI
Taag - Minneapolis, MN
U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Milwaukee, WI
Veterans Administration - Milwaukee, WI
Wisconsin Government Offices, Boards, Commissions - Madison, WI
Wisconsin Governor's Office - Madison, WI
Wisconsin State Assembly & Senate - Madison, WI
YES Youngdo School, South Korea, SK

Graduate schools attended by our students:

American Institute for Paralegal Studies - Milwaukee
Arizona State University - Tempe, AZ
Michigan State University
Northwest Missouri State University - Maryville, MO
Ohio State University
University of Minnesota
Texas Christian University - Fort Worth, TX
University of Manchester - Manchester, England
University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, WI
Valparaiso University Law School - Valparaiso, IN

For further information outside Career & Leadership Development:

UW-Whitewater History Department
Departmental Office, White Hall, Room 220
Phone: 262-472-5150

Phi Alpha Theta
International History Honor Society
UW - Whitewater
Whitewater, WI 53190

American History Association
400 A Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Careers for History Majors: A mini-guide from the American Historical Association


Departmental Update: 3/09