Department of History

Plan for Success

Make the most of your four years as a History major: every semester, you should attend a History Club event. Also, you should begin attending Career Services events in your first year at Xavier. We hope you will take advantage of all the opportunities the University and community have to offer. Scroll down for other worthwhile events and opportunities to enrich your time as a student at Xavier.

First Year

Fall Semester

  • Attend "Pizzas with Professors" History event to learn about how to use Registrar's tools on the XU portal to track and plan your degree progress
  • Make a habit of reading the Student Weekly and announcements every day to find out what's going on around campus
  • If you are interested in Secondary Education, contact the School of Education
  • If you are interested in Pre-Law, contact the Director of the Pre-Law Program

Spring Semester

  • Visit the Career Development Office (CLC 530) to learn about career options and planning
  • Attend at least one campus speaker event or cultural activity
  • Talk to your advisor about study abroad
  • Ask your advisor for suggestions for summer reading based on her/his current reading

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

  • Consider declaring a minor
  • Contact the Career Development Office (CLC 530)
  • Talk to your advisor about graduate school and preparing for the GREs, LSAT, etc.

Spring Semester

  • Contact Career Development Office (CLC 530)
  • Attend the Career Fair
  • Consider doing an internship
  • Talk to your advisor about study abroad
  • Ask your advisor for suggestions for summer reading based on her/his current reading

Junior Year

Fall Semester

  • Discuss Fulbright and other postgraduate opportunities with your advisor
  • Consider doing an internship 
  • Contact the Career Development Office (CLC 530)
  • Set up a Linked-In account for professional networking
  • Consider submitting research to Xavier's Celebration of Student Research

Spring Semester

  • Talk to your advisor about graduate school and preparing for the GREs, LSAT, etc.
  • Attend the Career Fair
  • Contact the Career Development Office (CLC 530)
  • Attend at least one campus speaker event or cultural activity (see reverse for ideas)
  • Update your résumé

Senior Year

Fall Semester

  • Attend the Career Fair
  • Ask professors for letters of recommendation for graduate school or employment
  • Consider volunteering to staff the History major table with a professor at an X-Experience day (contact Dept. Chair)

Spring Semester

  • Consider volunteering to staff the History major table with a professor at an X-Experience day (contact Dept. Chair)
  • Update your résumé
  • Take career-enhancing electives from other departments (Communication, Entrepreneurial Studies, etc.)

INFORMATION ON INTERNSHIPS IN CINCINNATI FOR HISTORY MAJORS

Cincinnati Public Library/Library of Congress Veterans Oral History Project (Brian Powers, Brian.Powers@cincinnatilibrary.org )

The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center

Xavier University Archives, see Dr. Anderson or Anne Ryckbost (University Archivist)

Cincinnati Historical Society/Cincinnati Museum Center, http://www.cincymuseum.org/volunteer/internships

PUBLIC HISTORY IN and AROUND CINCINNATI

Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Cincinnati History Museum

John P. Parker House, Ripley, OH

Queen City Underground Tours