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The Rosa DealSchool of Arts

Life After CBU

An educational background in History & Political Science prepares you for a vast variety of careers. On this page, we have put together a short list of ideas to get you thinking. We encourage you to talk to your advisor, professors and Career Services staff who would be happy to help you further in figuring out the best path for you.

Non-profit Sector

Historical Associations and Societies

  • Promote the study and value of history
Manage historical resources

  • Write, edit, and produce publications


  • Research librarian
  • Preservationist 


  • History curator

  • Preservationist 
  • Prepare and deliver classes
  • Develop staff and docent training

  • Research, write, edit, design, and produce scholarly catalogs, interpretive histories, reports, guidebooks, newsletters, and audiovisual products

Religious and philanthropic organizations

  • Apply historical studies to enrich an understanding of the organization's mission


  • Teach history

  • Develop curriculum, lesson plans, and classroom materials

  • Counsel students

Private Sector

Communications Media

  • Research, write, and edit historical documents and narratives

  • Develop programming for radio and television, motion pictures, and recording industries


  • Editors for books or magazines

Management/Market Research

  • Analyze financial, economic, and political risk using historical models

  • Design and code research questionnaires

  • Manage information-gathering process for interviews and surveys

Banking and Investment Services

  • Research company financial and management history


  • Use research, critical thinking, and communication skills to practice law.

Public Sector

Departments of Education

  • Examine long-range trends that influence education at all levels

Department of State - Foreign Service

  • Analyze and report on foreign countries' political, economic, and social conditions

National Park Service

  • Manage historical sites and parks, studying their history and promoting their use
  • Research the history of policies and legislation

  • Analyze cost and effectiveness

Since 2010, history majors have been accepted to graduate programs at: 
    Christian Brothers University
    Columbia University
    Florida State University
    George Mason University
    Georgetown University
    Middle Tennessee State University
    Pennsylvania State University
    University of Arkansas
    University of Memphis
    University of Mississippi
    University of Tennessee
    Vanderbilt University     
    Samford University

And completed internships at:

    National Civil Rights Museum
    Memphis Public Library
    Pink Palace Museum
    Steve Cohen’s Congressional Office
    Baker Donelson Law Firm
    Mid-South Peace and Justice Center
    Shelby County Film/TV Commission
    Woodruff-Fontaine Historic Home
    Memphis Heritage
    Stax Museum