Department of History

Careers in History

Female student in classThe study of history prepares students for a wide range of careers. Many people associate the study of history with preparing for a teaching career or entry to law school. Xavier history graduates do indeed pursue such careers and with conspicuous success. But studying history is also excellent preparation for business, politics, government service, media and many other careers. In fact, a majority of Xavier's history graduates go into careers other than teaching or law.

The University's Office of Career Services assists students in their search for employment by conducting an annual workshop series on interviewing and resume writing techniques, and by maintaining a current educational, vocational, and employer information resource center. Many students begin working with the Office of Career Services during their freshman year to begin developing a personal career plan.

Recent graduates include a staff member for Ohio congressman John Boehner and a member of the Emma Goldman Finishing School, an anarchist commune. Xavier History majors have received Javits, Fulbright, and Truman Scholarships, and have gone on to graduate or professional school at UCLA, The Ohio State University, Berkeley, Georgetown, Harvard, the University of Chicago, and elsewhere.

Our graduates pursue a wide range of occupations, from medicine to banking and accounting. Most common are the following:

  • 25% in education (especially secondary education)
  • 21% in the legal profession
  • 21% in business (including management)
  • 11% in government