The UB History Department isn't just about names and dates – we're actively trying to unlock the secrets of the past to better understand the world around us. We help our students to follow their passion for the past while gaining skills critical for their future. History students learn how to communicate, analyze, and think critically – all necessities for today's careers.
Historians ask “what” happened and “why” to describe and interpret the history of our world. Students in history courses at UB try to answer these questions by exploring different methodologies and considering diverse perspectives. History students dig into the historical record by analyzing historical texts, reading art and film, or taking oral histories, and use what they learn to make sense of the past. In the process, history students hone real-world skills – like the ability to write analytically and present arguments orally, to read critically and carefully, to find and manage information through research projects, and to think logically – that they use well into their varied and stimulating careers. If you’re curious about what our majors go on to do after graduation, check out these testimonials from some of our current students and recent alumni.
Studying history develops habits of mind, values of citizenship, and practical skills that have served our students well in their later endeavors. Our graduates work in so many fields: journalism, law, education, government service and the military, business, politics, curatorial and management roles in museums, cultural organizations and non-profits, communications and public relations. According to data from the American Historical Association, our students' diverse career paths match up with national trends for history majors. To these careers, our students bring the critical thinking skills necessary to respond to complicated problems with creative solutions, their written and oral communication expertise and research abilities, as well as their passion for serving the community.
Want to explore even more options? The American Historical Association maintains this guide to careers for history majors.