Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Careers in History

A major in history develops communication (oral and written), research, and analytic skills that are in great demand in business, government, and other fields.

According to business leaders and educators, the liberal arts degree, with a major in history, is just as sure a path to success. Large corporations are looking for individuals who are both creative and analytical for their management programs.

Moreover, the traditional markets for history majors should not be overlooked. History can be directly applied to career opportunities such as history and social studies teachers, college and university professors, researchers, museum curators and archivists. Historical study can also prepare students for a wide variety of careers in law, journalism, library work, social services, publishing, government, and politics.

For those people who are thinking in terms of graduate school, history is also a most suitable major. TRU history majors who have chosen this route have been accepted by some of the finest schools in Canada.

Where can a history degree take you?

History can be directly applied to career opportunities such as history and social studies teachers, college and university professors, researchers, museum curators and archivists. Historical study can also prepare students for a wide variety of careers in law, journalism, library work, publishing, government, business, and politics.

History is also central to a liberal arts education. At TRU it may be studied intensively as part of a Majors or Minor programme or individual courses can be taken simply to satisfy one's own curiosity about the past.

By developing excellent analytical, organizational and communication skills, students of history will be prepared for a wide variety of careers. These skills are invaluable to employers in many fields such as:

  • Law
  • Education
  • Government
  • Business and Industry
  • Communications
  • Social services

Many graduates do go on to graduate or professional school programs in history as well in other fields such as museum studies, law, library science, MBA and teaching, just to name a few.