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What Can I Do With My History Degree?

Submitted by bjoslaws on Tue, 10/20/2009 - 3:55pm

What can I do with my history degree?

Completing a history degree at the University of Calgary provides you with important experiences, perspectives, and high-demand skills. History influences the way we think about current events and shapes the way we problem-solve. While most History majors don’t plan on making a career out of history, your history degree provides you with valuable transferable skills sought by employers, graduate schools, and professional schools. History’s transferable skills include the following:

  • a broad base of historical knowledge and understanding, especially regarding patterns of continuity and change over time
  • a multicultural and global perspective, including the ability to problem-solve and think creatively
  • the ability to gather, evaluate, and assess quantities of information, including evidence from contemporary sources
  • the ability to think critically and engage directly with important questions and present original and independent opinions
  • the ability to effectively communicate research to others, both individually and as part of a group, in a way that is clear, concise, and supported by relevant evidence


Perhaps the most important thing your history degree provides you is choice: the choice to pursue a career that you find engaging and rewarding. Past graduates have gone on to careers in business, public service, government, education, and law; we have also had graduates accepted to graduate programs, law schools, and professional programs across Canada and the globe. The best part is that you are in control because your history degree is what you make of it.

Some of our graduates tell their stories here. They describe how what they learned in their undergraduate programs has been invaluable in their professional lives. They describe the wide variety of careers that they have pursued, all of which started with a History degree at the University of Calgary.

Career Information and Resources:

Career Services at the University of Calgary offers a number of resources and services to all current and former students. Some resources and workshops are available online.

What can you do with your degree?  Visit the university Career Services Degree Profiles

Having troubles find a job?  Visit Career Services

List of current Career Workshops

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