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.