Careers in History

History teaches you skills essential for success in a changing job market. It teaches how to research using digital and traditional media, how to analyze and interpret different kinds of documents and artifacts, and how to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing. History teaches how to make strong arguments based on evidence, and to understand different perspectives. Whether it is a document that redefines foreign diplomacy, a farmer’s almanac, or a popular movie, historians know how to ask the right questions in order to put these items into historical and contemporary contexts.

Our graduates have gone on to work in education, government, business, and law. They have careers for themselves in public history, radio and television, journalism, editing, and grant writing. And while many stay in New York, our graduates go to work across the country and around the world.

For more information, see the American Historical Association’s “Careers for Students of History” at

You might also want to read the recent report rating history graduates as the highest earners of students with degrees in the humanities:

SUNY Plattsburgh Career Development Center

Our Career Development Center provides services, resources, and programs designed to help students and alumni how to prepare for a career after college.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

For more information about the history program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Gary Kroll, Chair
Office: Champlain Valley Hall 323
Phone: (518) 564-2738
Fax: (518) 564-2212