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Careers in History

Being a history major will serve you well as you begin your professional life. History majors pursue careers in politics, teaching, law, government, entertainment, and the business world. Famous history majors include Supreme Court justices Elena Kagan, Anthony Kennedy, and Sonia Sotomayor, Newt Gingrich, Robert Johnson (founder of BET), Susan Wojcicki (CEO of YouTube), Jimmy Buffett, and ESPN anchor Chris Berman.

Your history training will pay dividends. History majors earn as much as Business majors over the course of their professional lives, according to research. That's because the skills history teaches - critical thinking, data analysis, writing, and argument - prepare students to adapt and succeed in the rapidly-evolving employment marketplace.

If you have not made the decision on your major, consider the history and social studies programs at Western Kentucky University. The skills which are part and parcel of a study of the past can give you the flexibility you will need to achieve your dreams in an unpredictable future.


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 Last Modified 8/8/18