History - A.B.

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Overview

About the Degree: 

History investigates the profound and surprising differences between past worlds and our own. At the same time, it measures the common ground between them. The major is among the most flexible and far-ranging areas of study available to undergraduates at the University of Georgia.

Every year the Department of History awards scholarships to help defray the cost of studying abroad, funding for senior research projects based on archival and original materials, and prizes in recognition of impressive research and writing.

A history degree makes students versatile, competitive candidates for all kinds of post-college careers, in law, teaching, business, public service, journalism, medicine, and more. For more information see the Department's guide to History at Work (http://history.uga.edu/history-work), read some profiles of alumni who are putting history into play in different careers (http://history.uga.edu/history-work-speaker-series), or catch one of the events in the History at Work Speaker Series (http://history.uga.edu/history-work-speaker-series).

Interesting Facts: 
UGA’s largest learning center was named after Zell Miller, who earned his graduate degree in history here at the University of Georgia.
In 1998 history and law professor Edward Larson became the first faculty member to win a Pulitzer prize.

Academics

What you will learn: 

Studying history means analyzing the many forces that shape human experience, and learning to see how heterogeneous societies are, even within a single historical moment. Students develop both depth and breadth of knowledge of different geographical regions of the world, different time periods, and different thematic approaches to understanding social, political, and economic changes in human societies. In the process, they learn to handle complex evidence with subtlety and skepticism, and to speak and write with concision and force.

Careers

Salary: 
High Salary: 
$130,000
Low Salary: 
$39,200
Median Salary: 
$71,000
Average Salary: 
$38,700
Employers: 
  • AmeriCorps
  • Athens Regional Medical Center
  • Benton County Daily Record
  • Carter & Associates
  • City/County Government
  • Classified Ventures
  • Collegiate Licensing Company
  • Business corporations
  • Coyote Logistics
  • Federal Agencies
  • Flloyd Medical Center
  • GC Sterling
  • Geico
  • Georgia General Assembly
  • IBM
  • Jackson State University
  • K & B Transportation
  • Kim Fitzpatrick
  • King & Spalding
  • Libraries and Archives
  • MetLife
  • MicroSoft
  • Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs
  • Museums
  • National Property Inspections
  • National Park Service
  • Natural History Centers
  • Plantation Golf Club
  • Primerica Financial Services
  • Private Construction Company
  • South Georgia College
  • Southern Illinois University
  • State Government
  • Swat Ministries Inc.
  • The Home Depot
  • Virginia State Board of Licenses
  • The University of Georgia
  • U.S. Office of Personnel Mgmt
  • Retail/Corporate Management
  • Walgreen's
  • Walt Disney World Company

 

Famous Alumni: 
Roy Barnes

Former governor of Georgia

Zell Miller

Former governor of Georgia

David Pollack

Football player for Cincinnati Bengals 2005-2007, ESPN analyst since 2009

James C. Cobb

Leading historian of his native state and one of the premier historians of the American South

Ralph Eugene Reed

Director of the Christian Coalition 1989-1997

Brandon Stanton

American photographer and blogger. Author of Humans of New York blog.

Philip Lee Williams

American novelist and poet

Charles Sanford, Jr.

Retired Chairman and CEO, Banker's Trust of New York

Possible Job Titles: 

A bachelor's degree in History from the University of Georgia opens up a world of career opportunities, providing students with the analytical skills, communications abilities, and breadth of interest and knowledge needed to succeed in a rapidly changing global economy. A short list of career possibilities would include: advertising executive, analyst, archivist, broadcaster, campaign worker, consultant, congressional aide, editor, foreign service officer, foundation staffer, information specialist, intelligence agent, journalist, legal assistant, lobbyist, personnel manager, public relations staffer, researcher, teacher . . . the list could go on. Below, however, are listed some common career paths for history majors. For more information, visit the UGA Career Center or view the American Historical Association's guide to Careers for Students of History.

Historians as Educators

  • Elementary Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Postsecondary Education
  • Historic Sites and Museums

Historians as Researchers

  • Museums and Historical Organizations
  • Cultural Resources Management and Historic Preservation
  • Think Tanks

Historians As Communicators

  • Writers and Editors
  • Journalists
  • Documentary Editors
  • Producers of Multimedia Material

Historians As Information Managers

  • Archivists
  • Records Managers
  • Librarians
  • Information Managers

Historians As Advocates

  • Lawyers and Paralegals
  • Litigation Support
  • Legislative Staff Work
  • Foundations

Historians in Businesses and Associations

  • Historians in Corporations
  • Contract Historians
  • Historians and Nonprofit Associations