History

1. What is the History major?
2. What careers interest students in this major?
3. What skills are developed within this major?
4. What History resources are available?
5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?
6. Where can I get more information about the History major?

1. What is the History major?

History is the study of major social, economic, political and cultural events of the past. Students are encouraged to develop an understanding of the history and culture of ancient, medieval, as well as modern times, including those societies outside traditional American and European boundaries.  Additionally, they should supplement this understanding with the use of a foreign language. The subject matter broadens a student’s perspective as classroom instruction applies the results of historical study for the preservation and future growth of nations and institutions.

A sound component of a liberal arts education, history serves practical needs by providing solid background for pursuing graduate studies or a career in law, education, business, advertising, ministry, journalism, government service, or preservation. The history major meets an important need for the business world by providing the ability to analyze and write effectively, and by developing a sense of balanced judgment. For those who choose to teach, the major provides necessary subject-matter content.

2. What careers interest students in this major?

Careers that often interest History majors include:
Archivist
Attorney
CIA/FBI Agent
Consultant
Curator
Editor
Educator
Financial Analyst
Foreign Service Officer
Journalist
Legislative Aide
Lobbyist
Market Analyst
Museum Director
Physician
Politician
Press Secretary
Public Relations Specialist
Writer

3. What skills are developed within this major?

Skills developed within this major include: Ability to analyze historical works; Research skills as demonstrated in papers and exams; Capacity to learn a foreign language; Talented at evaluating and interpreting events, information, and ideas as they relate to the past; Skilled in written and oral expression of ideas; Time management skills; and ability to retain diverse sets of information.

4. What History resources are available?

Organization of American Historians
American Historical Association
American Association for State and Local History
Association of Ancient Historians
Economic History Association
Institute for Historical Study
National Association for Ethnic Studies
Phi Alpha Theta
Renaissance Society of America
Society for History Education
World History Association

5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?

Click here to see where History majors have landed jobs after graduation.

6. Where can I get more information about the History major?

For more information about the History major, visit the WFU Department of History.