Well-Known History Majors

  • Conan O'Brien
    Conan O'Brien - Television host, comedian, writer, producer, musician, and voice actor
  • Lauryn Hill
    Lauryn Hill - Singer, songwriter, rapper, producer, and actress
  • Chelsea Clinton
    Chelsea Clinton - Journalist, and author
  • Joe Biden
    Joe Biden - 47th Vice President of the United States
  • Steve Carell
    Steve Carell - Actor, comedian, director, producer, and writer
  • Edward Norton
    Edward Norton - Actor, filmmaker, and activist
  • W.E.B. Du Bois
    W.E.B. Du Bois - NAACP co-founder, sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor
  • Carly Fiorina
    Carly Fiorina - Politician and former business executive
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Retired professional basketball player
  • Elena Kagan
    Elena Kagan - Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Ayn Rand
    Ayn Rand - Novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter.

Why History?

History is an all-inclusive discipline, making it an excellent choice for students with a wide variety of career goals.

​The Department of History trains students to be critical thinkers, capable researchers and careful writers. A degree in history provides students with a firm grounding for advanced studies in many areas, including these below, as well as for graduate work in the humanities and social sciences more broadly:

  • education
  • librarianship
  • law
  • business
  • public service
  • health 
  • administration
  • professional research
  • archiving
  • broadcast journalism
  • archeaologist
  • museum professions
  • historic preservation

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