Your degree in History

While studying History, you’re learning about the political, social, and cultural forces that have animated the past and shaped the present around the world. You’ll develop important skills and resourcefulness when finding crucial information and using context to understand its meaning and importance. 

These skills may include:

  • Identification and analysis of sources using research databases, and compilation of scholarly literature

  • Development of  supporting arguments and conveying ideas in written communication

  • Persuasive public speaking and the ability to debate with others

  • Evidence-based reasoning and acknowledgement of the influence different perspectives can have on facts

  • Assimilation of  evidence as well as understanding of different perspectives, and formulate reasoned conclusions

  • Public engagement, inside and outside of academia, to explore and promote greater understanding and the importance of history

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including education, government, non-profit, business, law, museums, publishing, media, the arts, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

Appraiser

Archivist

Charitable organization director

Communications specialist

Community development worker

Community programs director

Conservator

Copywriter

Cultural anthropologist

Curator

Diplomat

Documentarian/Filmmaker

Education policy analyst

Elections officer

Event planner

Foreign service officer

Genealogist

Heritage interpreter

Historian

Human rights officer

Immigration officer

International development worker

Journalist

Lawyer

Library director

Lobbyist

Media/Information consultant

Museum administrator

Museum educator

News analyst

Policy advisor

Records technician

Research assistant

Restoration technician

Social policy researcher

Teacher/Professor

Tourism industry consultant

Writer

Make the most of your specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC History Students Association
Meet other UBC students through events and programs. 

Departmental events
Network with History students and faculty members at a variety of events. visiting lecturers, seminar series, and departmental socials 

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

UBC Journal of Historical Studies
Showcase your research by submitting papers to be published in a peer and faculty-reviewed journal or participate on the editorial board and gain experience operating an academic journal.

History Writing Centre
Develop your writing skills by checking out research, style, and citation guidance from the UBC Department of History or gain experience as a peer tutor working with the History Writing Centre.

History co-op success stories
Learn about the experiences of past and present co-op students from your program and others.

Arts Co-op Program
Gain paid work experience in your area of study as part of your degree program

Careers for Historians
Explore career paths for History students in academia, education, public history, media, and the arts.

Go Global
Learn more about international opportunities recommended by the History department.

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
Develop new skills and gain practical knowledge in a heritage field over the summer.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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