History - From Classroom to Career Freshman Year


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Use your academic advisor and the peer advising program to explore History and other potential majors, minors, programs and courses, given your interest. What core courses fit best with your career goals? Work them into your schedule. Many students also look at interdisciplinary programs such as Asian Studies, Black Studies, Judaic Studies, American Studies and Latin America and Caribbean Studies.

Since declaring a history major in the spring of my freshman year, I have certainly come to appreciate my decision. The history major has allowed me to perform the analysis, investigation, and presentation of the past that is so essential to my work as a college student. Paired with my second major in Italian language, the history major has allowed me to take the skills that I learned from the faculty of historians at Fairfield all the way to Italy for my junior year. While in Florence for spring 2005, I was engaged in an extensive research project that forced me to examine archives in both Italian and English in order to complete my exploration into the lives of some of the most famous names in Renaissance Italy. My studies in Italy, as well as all of the other work that I have done here for my history major, have provided me with experiences that will be vital to my development as a historian in graduate school and beyond. - James Costa; Double Major, History and Italian

Use the Core Wisely
Look for courses that are relevant to your broad interests.ctc_his_fresh_1

My favorite experience was a cluster course I took as a freshman. It combined Dr. McFadden's HI30, focusing on Russian History, with Dr. Pichlikova-Burke's Intro to Russian History Course, focusing on art, music, literature, and film. The cluster allowed us more opportunities for connecting our lessons, an amazing field trip, and the opportunity to have 2 classes with individuals, some of whom are still my closest friends. This was my first class with Dr. McFadden and his passion for the subject inspired me to take two more of his courses, creating an even closer relationship between myself and my History advisor. - Kelly Young '10; History

Dream Job
What is your "dream job" after graduation? What are you passionate about? Talk to your faculty advisor and other mentors. As a History major, how can you use your time at Fairfield to prepare for it through class work, internships, volunteer activities, summer jobs, leadership positions with clubs and organizations, and other relevant out of class experiences. A great range of career opportunities is open to history majors. Graduates have gone into many fields, including law, government, business management, finance, journalism, public relations, and social work. Others go into teaching, go to graduate school or seek a law degree.

The History Department was one of the highlights of my undergraduate experience at Fairfield. Thanks to the attention, support, and companionship of my professors, I was constantly inspired in the classroom. I learned how the critical analysis of the past can help explain and address the issues of today. As I begin my own course of graduate study in American History, I hope that I can one day reveal the power of history to my own students and spark in them the same intellectual curiosity that my professors ignited in me. - Christopher Staysniak '11, History

History Club
Come and meet students with similar academic interests. The Club provides an outlet for individuals interested in history and creates programming for the campus community. Hear guest talks by faculty, students and alumni. Take part in field trips and career advice sessions. See department chair for details on meetings dates and times.ctc_his_fresh_2

History - Student Spotlight
James Costa
Double Major: History and Italian

"Since declaring a history major in the spring of my freshman year, I have certainly come to appreciate my decision. The history major has allowed me to perform the analysis, investigation, and presentation of the past that is so essential to my work as a college student. Paired with my second major in Italian language, the history major has allowed me to take the skills that I learned from the faculty of historians at Fairfield all the way to Italy for my junior year. While in Florence for spring 2005, I was engaged in an extensive research project that forced me to examine archives in both Italian and English in order to complete my exploration into the lives of some of the most famous names in Renaissance Italy. My studies in Italy, as well as all of the other work that I have done here for my history major, have provided me with experiences that will be vital to my development as a historian in graduate school and beyond."

 


That's just the start. Take a look at this career information from other University offices that we think is also valuable to History majors.

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History career activities by class year

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