Just about anything.
Read here about how one Alma alumnus used his degree in history.
Below, see what a few famous history majors have done with their degrees.
Make people laugh:
Cook like a boss:
Run a multibillion-dollar company:
James Kilts, President & CEO, Gillette
Carly Fiorina, President & CEO, Hewlett-Packard
Develop the first Personal Digital Assistant:
Donna Dubinsky, CEO of Palm, Inc.
Make federal law:
Representative Newt Gingrich
Senator George McGovern
Strike down federal law:
Justice Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court
Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Run the country:
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
President George W. Bush
Host a PBS series:
Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Author and Director of W.E.B. DuBois Institute, Host of “Finding Your Roots”
Win a Nobel Prize:
Dr. Robert Fogel (Economic Sciences)
Dr. Eric Kandel (Physiology)
Dr. Louis R. Caplan (neurologist, physician, professor)
Change the world:
Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, co-founder of the NAACP
The history major at Alma is designed to provide a broad preparation suitable for immediate employment in a variety of fields or for attending graduate or professional schools. The skills learned through an education in history—research, ability to sort through volumes of historical data, persuasive writing skills—make history majors excellent candidates for a variety of careers in a plethora of fields, including business, law, advocacy, information management, editing, writing and education.
Many history majors elect to earn an elementary or secondary teaching certificate. Please see the Requirements & Courses page for information on the curriculum you should follow for the History teaching major. For inquiries regarding the Social Studies teaching major, please consult the Education Department.