What We Do?

The Department of History identifies knowledge of the past as essential to cultivating an empathetic understanding of the human experience. The study of past peoples and places, whether ancient or modern, familiar or alien, reveals the divergence of the human condition, generating an expansive worldview that is the hallmark of an informed, global citizen.

What Can You Do?

The essential historical skills of researching, evaluating and interpreting evidence, and writing are applicable to many job environments. JMU history majors have pursued careers in a wide array of fields. Here are just some of the many possibile careers that await history majors:

  • Academic Counselor
  • Cultural Affairs Director
  • History Teacher
  • Paralegal
  • Advocate
  • Economist
  • Investigator
  • Professor
  • Archivist
  • Editor
  • Lawyer
  • Public Administrator
  • Art Historian
  • Employment Consultant
  • Legal/ Litigation Assistant
  • Public Affairs Director
  • Biographer
  • FBI/ CIA Agent
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Business Executive
  • Financial Services Specialist
  • Librarian
  • Publishing Assistant
  • Citizen Outreach Director
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Lobbyist
  • Recruitment Officer
  • Community Relations Director
  • Genealogist
  • Management Trainee
  • Regulatory Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Government Official
  • Market Researcher
  • Researcher
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Historian
  • Museum Curator
  • Supervisor of Historic Sites
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Historical Archaeologist
  • Museum Interpreter
  • Technical Writer
  • Costumed Interpreter
  • Historic Preservation Specialist
  • News Reporter
  • Television/Film Consultant

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