Broadly trained and enlightened students have the basic skills for success in almost any imaginable vocation. In particular, students develop skills in research, critical thinking and writing. These skills are marketable in many career tracks.
History can be used as a double major, supplementing any other major by providing a historical perspective and research skills.
With regard to graduate education, students have many options. The most obvious is graduate education in history. Yet students often successfully pursue graduate studies in theology, law, humanities and other fields. This opens doors to many careers: One can work in ministry, law, politics, education and business, to name a few. Even students who do not pursue a graduate education find myriad opportunities.
Recent graduates are working in business, law offices and web management companies. The three skills noted above are in demand and are often not developed in more vocationally focused programs. In effect, they translate well into many fields, and thus equip history students to explore many options and plot their course in life. Students taking History with the Secondary Education Program track are qualified once they pass the certification tests to teach History at the middle and high school level.
Download a sample degree plan for a major in History for Secondary Education.
- Medieval Europe
- Historiography I
- Social Studies Research I & II
Secondary Education History majors must complete student teaching requirements through the Secondary Directed Teaching Practicum to gain certification and degree completion. However, below are some additional non-teaching internship opportunities.
- Museums (ex: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum; Coopersville Farm Museum)
- Archives (ex: Grand Rapids City Archives; H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies)
- Libraries (ex: Lincoln Township Library in Indiana)
- Non-profit organizations (ex: St. Cecelia’s)
- International service organizations (ex: Women at Risk International)
- Archeological projects
- Law Offices
Graduates are pursuing a number of careers. We have several in graduate school studying in the "typical" fields of history, ancient studies, and library science, but there are also graduates in fields such as law and business. We’ve a number of recent graduates in a wide array of careers; one is on staff at a major research library, another does content management for a major medical organization, another works for an insurance company, to name but a few examples. Other graduates may be middle and high school teachers.