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Career Preparation

Studying history doesn’t lock you into one career. It opens doors to many.

 

Where TCU Grads Work

Our graduates, prepared by TCU’s Make Your Major Work course, go on to success in surprisingly varied careers. Many pursue graduate work in history, law or education. Other recent graduates are in positions including:

  • Business development representative, Metropolitan Gallery,Austin
  • Staff assistant, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Account executive, Yelp
  • Geographic information systems technician, BIS Consulting
  • Historical librarian intern, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Legal assistant, Glast, Phillips & Murray, P.C.
  • Territory manager, Core-Mark International
  • Operations specialist, Echo Global Logistics
  • Marketing and communications coordinator, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
  • School curriculum manager, Bullock Texas State History Museum
  • Talent acquisition consultant, Health Care Recruitment Solutions
  • Organizer-in-training, Service Employees International Union
  • Sales development representative, Box

Why Become a Historian?, an online essay collection edited by Robert Blackey and published by the American Historical Association, spotlights many aspects of studying history. The essays, excerpted below, may be found in their entirety on the AHA website.

The mystery in history brings out the detective in us; there are countless unsolved crimes and riddles and unresolved debates. I’m nosy enough to want to put my two cents in, and I’m concerned enough to care.

— Robert Blackey, California State University at San Bernardino

A degree in history opens the door to a variety of professional careers, such as law, journalism, and historic preservation. In addition to teaching and writing, historians can have a significant impact on public policy. Service on public commissions and committees, for example, requires the research skills and human perspective of a trained historian. Administrative and elective positions make good use of a historian’s ability to place events and issues in their appropriate context.

— Nadine Ishitani Hata, El Camino Community College

A word of caution to those who think history should be their career choice. If you are looking for easy answers to important questions, then history is not a good choice. To be a historian is to be engaged in endless discussion and debate. History changes; that is, what we think happened, what we think is important, what we think the reasons are for what happened, and what we base our beliefs of good and bad on, all change. A historian adopts a moving target, one that will not allow itself to be tied down to a set of perceptions and conclusions.

— Robert Gutierrez, Miami Sunset Senior High School

In part, the attraction is intellectual, almost a game, in which questions from the past call out to the student for answers. But what also is involved is the belief that something worthwhile is being done, maybe not in dollars and cents, but for the life of our society.

— David Brody, University of California at Davis

At college my love of history was reinforced by politics. It was right after World War II, and a small group of friends and I wanted to create a peaceful world, stop racism and put an end to what we saw as the ravages of capitalism. I was fascinated by what I was learning about the past. How did change come about, I kept asking in all my courses, and why did the great revolutions of Europe turn to dictatorship? By then I was focusing on the early modern period. Here is where it all began, I thought: capitalism, modern rational criticism, the modern competitive personality. More than 30 years have passed since I earned my Ph.D…. But I still find history full of wonders; I still find in the differences in past societies a way to take stock of the present — a source of sober realism, but also a source of hope.

— Natalie Zemon Davis, Princeton University

 

Career Services

At TCU, you’ll have access to a career consultant who works exclusively with AddRan students. Schedule one-on-one meetings with your career coach who will assess and analyze what you need most. You’ll learn how courses, internships and service projects can broaden the experience on your resume. Learn more about everything career services has to offer your major.

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Terrence Hood
Career Consultant to AddRan College of Liberal Arts
t.hood@tcu.edu

For more information about job opportunities, please visit the Center for Career & Professional Development.

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