What Can I Do With A History Major?

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:

Conan O’Brien

Steve Carell 

Cook like a boss:

Julia Child

Run a multibillion-dollar company:

James Kilts, President & CEO, Gillette

Carly Fiorina, President & CEO, Hewlett-Packard

Found Facebook:

Chris Hughes

Develop the first Personal Digital Assistant:

Donna Dubinsky, CEO of Palm, Inc.

Write best-sellers:

Ayn Rand

Malcolm Gladwell

Anchor SportsCenter:

Chris Berman 

Host CNN:

Wolf Blitzer

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)

Save lives:

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.