Careers

An undergraduate degree in history provides a strong foundation for any career requiring research, analysis, and writing skills. It is excellent preparation for professional historical work, social studies teaching at the secondary level, archival maintenance, editing, and museum administration, and it also prepares graduates to enter business positions in a variety of fields. In addition, many Luther students use the history major as preparation for professional tests such as the Graduate Record Examination, Law School Admissions Test, Foreign Service Examination, and Civil Service Examination.

The American Historical Society has a compelling new website dedicated to the question, "Why Study History." All interested students should peruse it. 

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), graduates with a history major nationwide most commonly obtained careers in the following fields:

  • Education (elementary, secondary teacher)
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Paralegal and legal assistance
  • Accounting/auditing
  • Management 

Luther history graduates frequently enter occupational fields that include: 

  • Education (elementary, secondary, postsecondary)
  • Museum studies/services
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Law
  • Finance 

Recent Luther history graduates have found employment with the following organizations: 

  • Education sector (various school districts, Coe College, Simpson College, Capella University)
  • Museums (Iowa Children’s Museum, Portland Police Museum, Puget Sound Navy Museum, Science Museum of Minnesota)
  • Federal, state, and local government (Wisconsin State Assembly; U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of South Dakota; Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation; National Park Service)
  • Nonprofits (AmeriCorps, Goodwill Industries, Minnesota Conservation Corps)
  • Private law firms 

Luther College aggressively tracks the career paths and outcomes of its graduates, from employment to graduate school to postgraduate service. View recent graduate statistics for further details.

Also of interest: Career Center

This graph was generated from self-reported data about the professions chosen by Luther College History Majors who graduated between 2002 and 2012.