Careers & Opportunities

“Historical study provides a firm foundation in the critical thinking and communicating skills necessary to navigate our complex contemporary world.”

- Dan Graff,  Former Drector of Undergraduate Studies, Concurrent Faculty

The Department of History works closely with the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, the Notre Dame Career Center, and other University units in order to assist students in choosing a career path that facilitates the use of their talents and skills and enables them to pursue their primary passion upon graduation.

In fact, only three percent of the College's 2010 alumni were still looking for employment six months after graduation, a low percentage similar to those reported by alumni from all Notre Dame's schools and colleges, according to Career Center data. 

Our History majors pursue many career paths including business, journalism, public service, education, law and even medicine. The links at the left offer information from alumni about these specific career areas. Click here for a detailed list of more careers geared toward history majors in specific employment sectors. 

For those interested in exploring a career as a history professional – through historic preservation, museum exhibition, public education, etc. – the Department of History offers assistance in pairing students with history organizations through internships, whether for pay or credit.

Arts and Letters students from every major succeed in business, graduate or professional school, or full-time service. Learn more about the career outcomes for History Majors.