What Can a History Degree Do for You in the 21st Century?

Cal State L.A.’s History Department and Phi Alpha Theta hosted four virtual career workshops in the Spring 2021 semester. Sixteen history alumni shared their pathways towards exciting careers at archives and local museums, community colleges, private and public high schools, libraries, as well as NGOs and international corporations. The takeaways from all presenters were to seek out volunteer opportunities, internships, and to stay in touch with fellow students and faculty. They urged students to get involved in the department beyond the traditional classroom: join Phi Alpha Theta, become a peer mentor, look for graduate assistantships, enroll in HIST 4970 to edit Perspectives, submit your research paper to the journal, and find out how to present your work at conferences. We are thrilled to draw on the successes of our alumni who transformed their history degree into marketable skills. 

Museums and Archives   Community College   

High School Teaching   Public History