History - From Classroom to Career Sophomore Year
Use your faculty advisor and peer advising to choose the best courses, given your interest. Be prepared for your annual meetings. Look for unusual opportunities that could indirectly help a career in science.
Talk to your faculty advisor and start planning now for potential internships in junior and senior years. 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. 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, and 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.
Line Up References
Start to look for 3+ professors in History and elsewhere who might serve as professional references for you. Discuss your future plans with them and ask for guidance. Stay in touch with them so they can speak about your successes in an informed way.
Qualified History students participate in the Honors Program at Fairfield University and, for students with an exceptional academic record of achievement, the opportunity to be elected to the country's premier honor society, Phi Beta Kappa.
What happens after Fairfield? What would be your "dream job" - and how do you get there? Talk to your faculty advisor and other mentors: How can you use your remaining time at Fairfield to prepare for it? Students who major in History go on to a wide variety of careers. Many History majors decide to attend law school and have been admitted to such schools as Syracuse, St. John's, Boston College, and Yale. Others have begun jobs as Associate Executive Director of a health foundation, Coordinator of Regional Support Activities for a university, Project Engineer, Assistant Archeologist for a museum, and Assistant to the Manager of the New York City Opera.
Hear guest talks by faculty, students and alumni. Take part in field trips and career advice sessions. The Club provides an outlet for individuals interested in history and creates programming for the campus community. See department chair for details on meetings dates and times.
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.