History at WOU
Learning to think, research, and write about history is useful in a number of careers. Unlike some fields of study, history does not limit students to one job or technology. Foreign service officers, business executives, journalists, lawyers, librarians, archivists, and museum curators have majored in history as undergraduates. History also makes an exciting teaching career. In our society of dramatic change, most people change careers numerous times during their lifetime. Historical imagination and research skills provide students with a variety of options as jobs and technology change.
History Senior Capstone Students 2020-2021: Learn More
History Major Graduates Spring 2021
Social Science Majors with History Concentrations Graduates Spring 2021
Meet History Alumni
"I’ve enjoyed significant success at my job by (amongst other things) consciously focusing on those skills that I learned as an undergrad at Western (how to effectively research, how to approach data bases, how to correlate disparate data, etc.)"
Learn more about Curtis Holbert: WOU Alumni Profile
WOU History Students Win Awards!
History Research Grant 2021:
Martin Hainz, for research support for senior capstone paper “Nazi Propaganda & The Beer Hall Putsch: An Examination of the Shift of Nazi Tactics for Political Propaganda from 1920-1933”
Brandon Parsons, for research support for senior capstone paper “Terror in Soviet Industry: Tensions between Managers, Workers, and the Secret Police, 1930s”
History Essay Prize 2021:
Cuauhtemoc Reilly, “Stabilizing Effects of Social Pressure and Feuding in the Icelandic Commonwealth”
History Achievement Scholarship for 2021-2022:
Honorable Mention Award for History Achievement Major Scholarship:
History students worked with our community partner, the Oregon Women’s History Consortium, to provide research and content for the Oregon 2020 project commemorating the centenary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 2020.
Donate to the Western Oregon University History Department: Click here, and select “Support WOU” and for designation select “other” and then indicate History Department.
EXPLORING A PASSION FOR HISTORY
What Do You Do With Your History Degree?
What kinds of careers are available to history majors?
“Careers for Students of History” is published by the American Historical Association with ideas and advice for history majors about careers. The AHA guide includes five different categories including historians as educators, historians as researchers, historians as communicators, historians as advocates and historians in businesses and associations.
Service Learning and Career Development Center, Western Oregon University has resources for you.
Consult the SLCD page under the “Students” tab for advice from mentoring to preparing yourself to next steps
“What Can I Do With this Major? History”
Exploring Your Possibilities
After you’ve considered these ideas and advice check out specific job-related sites on our careers page
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