The History major program that focuses on the general study and interpretation of the past, including the gathering, recording, synthesizing and criticizing of evidence and theories about past events. Includes instruction in historiography; historical research methods; studies of specific periods, issues and cultures; and applications to areas such as historic preservation, public policy, and records administration.
Please consult the UMW Undergraduate Catalog for specific and up-to-date major requirements.
Thinking About This Major?
The Center for Career & Professional Development has many tools and resources available to help you choose your major. Below are three of them:
Focus 2: A series of reliable, intuitive, career and education decision-making assessments to help students select a major, explore occupations, make informed career decisions, and take action in their career development.
Skills developed as a History major (via Focus2): Decision making, listening, negotiating, problem solving, reading comprehension, reasoning.
What Can I Do With This Major: Learn more about what you can do as a History major! Some areas of career options are local and state government, politics, law, museums, nonprofit, information science, education, business, and media.
Handshake: UMW’s online career management platform that includes the latest jobs from employers hiring at your school. You can search for organizations based on major, location, job type, and many other categories.
History – Current Job Opportunities
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History – Current Internship Opportunities
History Graduate Data
Note: Undergraduate outcome data is collected by the UMW Career Center each year. The data is then broken down by major in order to determine how many graduates in each major are employed, attending graduate school, or pursuing a different path within 6 months of graduation.
- “knowledge rate” defines the percent of graduates for which the institution has reasonable and verifiable information concerning the graduates’ post-graduation career activities
- “career outcome rate” is the number of graduates who have landed in any of the employment categories (full-time, part-time, internship) in addition to service, military, and continuing education divided by the total number of students for whom an outcome is known.
History Alumni (2018-2022)
Total Graduates: 223
Knowledge Rate: 75%
Career Outcome Rate: 82%
- Employed Full-time: 30%
- Employed Part-time: 6%
- Grad School: 42%
- Military: 1%
- Volunteer Service: 2%
- Seeking Employment: 13%
- Waiting on Grad School: 5%
Where do our alumni land?
Alumni Success Stories
UMW alumni are excited to help current students and other alumni succeed in their fields. Below are stories from alumni about their experiences at UMW and after.
History – Alumni Bios & Advice: Interested in learning where our Historic Preservation grads land? Need some alumni advice? Read about our successful Eagle alums here.