Freshman

Course Selection

  • 1000 level classes - you will be introduced to the study of global history, as well as help develop critical thinking and appreciation for ethnic and racial diversity. •
  • Learn characteristics of world civilizations, including their religions and societies.

Ask for Assistance

  • Be sure that you start your time at Auburn well by regularly meeting with your academic advisors and consult them when you have concerns about admission to particular classes or need more information about class requirements
  • Individual planning and advisor guidance can ensure you are off to a strong start

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Gain Experience

  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your résumé.

Get Involved

  • Seek out student organizations catering to your individual interests by utilizing AUInvolve

Sophomore

Course Selection

  • 2000 level classes - provide majors with the broad survey of the history of a particular civilization or region, such as Latin America or modern Africa.
  • History 3800: the Historians Craft should be taken during your sophomore year.

Ask for Assistance

Gain Experience

  • You are encouraged to study abroad. Many students take the summer between sophomore year and junior year to study abroad.

Get Involved

  • If you have law school aspirations, consider joining the AU Mock Trial Team.
  • Consider joining Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society if membership qualifications are met

Junior

Course Selection

  • 3000 level classes - narrow your focus by studying a more defined time period, in which you will have the opportunity to work critically with original historical sources and begin to write significant historical papers.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with someone in the University Career Center (UCC) to explore career options and receive individualized assistance

Gain Experience

  • Use LinkedIn to identify past graduates in your major and set up informational interviews and shadowing opportunities to gain further understanding of your major in the world of work.
  • Getting an internship is a great way for a history major to add experience to their résumé.
  • You should seek internships in a library, archive, museum, or other history oriented facility.
  • If you are interested in government and politics, consider pursuing a congressional internship in D.C. through the Auburn on the Hill program.

Get Involved

  • Visit local museums to immerse yourself in regional history.
  • Pursue leadership roles in your organizations to exercise and enhance your communication skills.

Senior

Course Selection

  • 5000 level classes - for juniors and seniors who have successfully completed History 3800: the Historians Craft.
  • You are expected to do major research and writing projects.
  • History 4950: Senior Thesis should be taken during your last semester

Ask for Assistance

  • Ask the UCC for help in preparing your résumé and cover letter.
  • Identify your reference letter writers early for graduate school or the job search and provide them with plenty of notice

Gain Experience

  • Attend career events sponsored by the UCC
  • If pursuing graduate education, look for opportunities to be published or present on historical topics at conferences.

Get Involved

  • Connect with AU alumni and stakeholders to enhance professional opportunities

General Information

This degree teaches students how to find answers to complex questions and to communicate their discoveries. Students can take courses in a range of specialties. A degree in history can prepare you for a variety of careers because it equips you with the ability to ask clear questions, to research the information necessary for a well-constructed answer, to write factually and persuasively, and to think historically.

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Interests

Holland's Code: ERS

  • Enterprising
  • Realistic
  • Social

Personality

Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

  • ISTJ
  • ISFJ
  • INFP
  • INTP
  • ENTP

*Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated

Values

  • Achievement
  • Independence
  • Recognition

Skills

  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking

Job and Internship Opportunities

RSS Sample of Positions Currently Listed on Handshake Hiring History Majors

Meet your Career Contacts

University Career Center Liaison

Tasheila Williams-Townsend, EdS

Interim Associate Director, Career Development

tjw0024@auburn.edu

Make an Appointment

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Last modified: September 30, 2021