History - FAQ's

What skills do I need to succeed?

Reading, writing, curiosity, and an appreciation for others and “their story.”


What I will learn?

History teaches not only critical thinking, oral, and written communications skills, but research skills and the ability to evaluate data and present evidence in a logical manner.


What opportunities are there for internships or other hands-on learning experiences?

History majors are able to earn internship credit and design a special problems course. The internship experience is designed to give the student practical experience working in a government or non-profit history-connected job. The special problem course is meant to allow students to pursue subjects of personal interest not offered or not covered in regular course work.


What are some possible entry-level careers with a degree in this field?

As a major, history prepares students for entry into careers in business management, interest group advocacy, consultancy, and public service at the national, state or local levels. The history major is often used as the preliminary step toward professional training in the law, library science, theology or graduate study in history. The history emphasis on critical reading skills and clear oral expression are sought after in all areas of industry, commerce, government, and academics.


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What are some CMU graduates with this degree doing?

CMU history graduates are currently working in fields ranging from law and politics to secondary education, higher education, research, banking and business.