Career Options

The study of history builds a firm foundation for graduate study . . . and for a wide range of careers, as well.  It results in an in-depth knowledge of the field, and in the highly-valued skill of critical thinking and inquiry that is developed along the way. And perhaps most of all, history provides insight into the diversity of the human experience and one's role in society and in the world.

Graduate Study

A Gettysburg College history degree provides an excellent foundation for graduate study, and many Gettysburg history majors go on to graduate school.  

Recent graduates have been accepted for graduate programs at:

  • College of William & Mary
  • Cooperstown Program in Museum Studies
  • Duquesne University
  • Florida State University
  • George Washington University Law School
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • North Carolina State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Penn State Dickinson School of Law
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • University of Richmond School of Law
  • University of Southampton, England
  • Widener University School of Law
  • Yale University

Post-Gettysburg Careers

History courses have helped students find career success in education, business, research, public service, journalism, high-tech fields, and government, just to name a few. 

By interpreting incomplete and often contradictory sources, a history student learns to think critically . . . make connections across time and place . . .  recognize trends . . . and understand change. These are skills that are well applied across a broad span of careers and industries.  

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Recent Graduates

In addition to teaching positions across the nation, jobs held by recent graduates include:

  • Press secretary, Maryland Gov. Robert Erlich, Jr.
  • Foreign Service officer, U.S. Dept. of State
  • Museum director, New London Maritime Society
  • Legislative director, Massachusetts State Senate
  • Asst. state's attorney, Washington County, Md.
  • Financial advisor, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
  • Writer/editor, National Archives
  • Assistant vice president, AllianceBernstein Investment Research
  • Community health educator, Peace Corps
  • Research analyst, Telekurs
  • Marketing editor, American Mint
  • Business editor, News-Record, Gillette, Wyo.
  • Legislative assistant, Pa. Rep. John R. Pippy
  • Web developer, Workstream Inc.
  • Assistant editor, Pearson Education
  • Cataloging librarian, Wilson College
  • Editorial assistant, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Paralegal, Wiley, Rein & Fielding, Washington, D.C.
  • Computer systems analyst, City of Norfolk, Va.