History - From Classroom to Career Junior Year
Options After Fairfield
How can you best use your remaining courses and free electives to both round out your education and prepare for a career? How about graduate work? History majors seeking higher education have been admitted to the Ph.D. programs at University of Connecticut, New York University, Vanderbilt University, UCLA, and the University of Wisconsin - Madison. How about scholarships like a Fulbright Fellowship... or Teach for America? Talk to your advisor.
Talk to favorite professors about possible supervised research projects you might do in your area of interest, in the summer or during the school year. On-campus summer housing may be available.
Come and Hear From the Experts
Open Visions Forum features History-oriented speakers every year. Come hear from national and international experts - for free.
Interested in a research area but there is no course offered in the catalog? Talk to a faculty member or department chair about a possible independent study.
Look for three professors, in and out of the department, who can speak about your successes in an informed way.
History has department awards for outstanding students every spring; they are honored at the College of Arts and Sciences award night in April. Attend the event and look for projects that might earn you this honor. With your faculty advisor, gain experience in entering such a competition and learn how to effectively package and present your work-and yourself. Non-seniors are often singled out for their great work.
Think about "trying out" a career, gaining work experience, marketable skills, potential mentors and a competitive edge. Look for potential matches between an internship with your career. Remember that summer jobs, not for credit, can be just as useful in gaining experience and building a resume.
Step up and become a leader in the campus club that 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.
Trying on a job
Qualified majors may complete an internship at a local historical site to gain real-world experience in archival work and public history research and writing, such as the:
- Fairfield Historical Society
- Barnum Museum
- Bridgeport Public Library Historical Collections
- Archives of the Historical Society of Greenwich
All of the above provide training in research and library work and the opportunity to write an original research paper. Other internships are available through the Career Planning Center. Talk to your faculty advisor.
Life After Fairfield
A great range of career opportunities is open to history majors. Graduates have gone into many fields, including:
- Business management
- Public relations
- Social work
History students qualify for social-studies certification as secondary school teachers. Recent graduates have found jobs as:
- Associate Executive Director of a health foundation
- Coordinator of Regional Support Activities for a university
- Project Engineer
- Assistant Archeologist for a museum
- Assistant to the Manager of the New York City Opera
Those seeking higher education have been admitted to the Ph.D. programs at:
- University of Connecticut
- New York University
- Vanderbilt University
- University of Wisconsin - Madison
and the J.D. programs at:
- St. John's Universities
- Boston College
Talk to your faculty advisor about how to use Classroom To Careers to position yourself for whatever career path you choose. Unhappy with your advisor? Ask your department chair to switch you to another fulltime faculty member.
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.