Department of History

West Chester University

506 Main Hall
Phone: 610-436-3220
Fax: 610-436-3069


Finding the Right Career in History

You may already know what you want to do with your degree in history. If you are still uncertain about your career, take advantage of the resources available to you to explore the possibilities. Your academic advisor and WCU's Twardowski Career Development Center can help you make the best academic choices and help you find a career well suited to your training and temperament.

Freshman Year: Increase Your Self-Awareness

Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your academic interests.

  • Meet with a Twardowski Career Development Center counselor to help identify interests, values, and abilities.
  • Interview, informally, friends and family members about the nature of their jobs.

Sophomore Year: Explore Your Careers

Obtain information about occupations (reading and research).

  • Begin to identify what you want in a career (e.g. using interpersonal skills, technical skills, the work culture of a given career path, and so forth).
  • Target electives to increase your marketability; consider a minor related to your interests.
  • Consider opportunities for study abroad and undergraduate research.
  • Explore relevant work experiences, including internships and summer jobs.

Junior Year: Link Your Self-Knowledge with Occupation Information

Begin to relate values, interests, and abilities to career fields.

  • Develop networking relationships with faculty and professionals.
  • Enhance leadership skills through participation in campus and community activities.
  • Participate in an internship, study abroad, or undergraduate research opportunity.
  • Begin to develop an effective resume that highlights your education, work, and service activities.
  • Meet with prospective employers or graduate schools in your career field through on-campus recruiting, off-campus contacts, correspondence, and visits.

Senior Year: Career Implementation

Use the resources of the Twardowski Career Development Center to:

  • Complete an effective resume that highlights your education, work experiences, and student activities.
  • Sharpen interview skills.
  • Learn to write effective letters of application.
  • Practice the skills necessary to best present your skills and abilities in interviews.

Graduate School
Some career paths of interest to history majors may require additional training or education. In addition to pursuing a degree in WCU's graduate program, recent graduates have attended graduate and professional schools including:

  • The College of William & Mary
  • Concordia University
  • SUNY-Albany
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Delaware Law School
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • George Mason University
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Wisconsin
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Ohio University Law School
  • University of Delaware (Hagley Program)
  • Villanova University Law School
If you believe graduate school may be in your future, the following website may be of assistance: A Guide for Potential Grad Students: Should You Go To Graduate School?