For Students

For Students

A degree in Global History is good preparation for a wide range of careers. It emphasizes critical writing and thinking skills that are in high demand in every profession. It is a particularly good foundation for careers in education, public service, journalism, and the law, but history majors can be found in most fields that require effective communication, evidence-based analysis, and a nuanced understanding of the wider world and its complexities. Our major is very versatile and gives you many different career options.

For example, we can help you prepare for the following career pathways:

Education
If you love history, you should consider teaching it. Global and US history are part of the curriculum in all New York City high schools, and you will get to study history at the graduate level as part of your training.  A number of our majors are now teaching in the public schools, and the alumni of CUNY’s graduate programs in education have great job placement records.

Public Service
Consider serving your community by working in local government or a city agency, putting your research and writing skills to use. We can help you get the internship that will start you on this path. 

Law
The American Bar Assocation says that a History major is “traditional preparation for law school.” In fact, three of our current Supreme Court Justices majored in history. Why? Because history gives you the theoretical tools, research and writing skills, and “broad understanding of history” that the ABA says you need to succeed in the legal profession.  Many of our past majors are now in law school. Did you know that that almost half of the Supreme Court of the United States were History majors?

The History Department has prepared a manual for students with course information and answers to many of your common questions. Download it here.

For additional information, the American Historical Association has published an excellent career guide for students