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History at UCM

Understanding today's complex world and seeking the best vision for tomorrow.

M.A. in History at UCM

Explore the depths of history and discover new ways to think about the past.

Social Studiesat UCM

Explore innovative techniques and proven methods for a career in education.

Africana Studies at UCM

Discover multicultural contributions throughout history and inspire change.

Anthropology at UCM

Contribute to the rich diversity of the rapidly changing world.

Careers, Internships, and Opportunities


Studying history builds perspective and habits of the mind that apply to almost any career path. You will develop a perspective that is uncommon in the modern world: a long-term understanding of the interrelationships among ideas, events, groups of people, and changes over time.  You also are studying all aspects of human endeavor, from the arts to science and technology. In developing this cultural literacy and long-term perspective, you are better equipped to understand and articulate the significance of policies and current events in a rapidly changing world.


That said, it can be difficult to translate the skills you learn as an undergraduate student to an abbreviated list on your resume.  To help you get started in thinking about how to write about your training and skills, here is a list of several skills you have practiced in courses from this department.  You can easily add to this list, or modify it with specific details from your own internships and experience!


  • Framing and conducting research independently
  • Detail-oriented organization of data
  • Locating themes and patterns in data
  • Analyzing and snythesizing information
  • Framing questions in ethical, cultural, and historical contexts
  • Critical thinking and evaluative reasoning
  • Extrapolation and interpolation of data
  • Evaluating sources for reliability, relevance, and precision
  • Recognizing bias or presuppositions in arugments
  • Constructing logical, evidence-based arguments
  • Critiquing policy, current events, and law
  • Assessing the importance of events and information
  • Communication, both public speaking and written
  • Pursuing an intercultural and interdisciplinary approach to problems
  • Reading critically and efficiently


All of these skills are in high-demand by employers in any industry.  You can also highlight the teamwork, time management, and patient dedication to tasks required to succeed in college courses.  If you choose to pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree, you will also be able to list proficiency in a foreign language, a significant advantage in an increasingly global marketplace. 


Through double-majors, minors, and certificate programs, you have the potential to list even more cultural and technical skill sets on your resume.  For example, some history majors opt to minor in Economics, an excellent combination for those interested in business, law, and careers in nonprofit organizations or community initiatives. Our department has specific strengths in public history and museum studies if you think working in museums, archives, or with parks through the National Park Service or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources sounds like an interesting career path.  Other students have pursued a degree in History with a minor in Religious Studies and gone on to seminary or careers in their church.


Our students have gone on to graduate or professional programs in history, historical administration, anthropology, museum studies, curriculum and teaching, law, and library science.  Some of the universities include: Durham University in England, Louisiana State University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Colorado State University, University of Tulsa, University of Massachusetts, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Washburn University, University of Oklahoma, Baker University, Eastern Illinois University, University of Missouri- Columbia, and the University of Kansas. 


Likewise, alumni of our programs have gone on to enter a number of varied careers including: Missouri State Representative, insurance agent, historical collections management, archivial work for state and national agencies, researchers for government contractors dealing with immigration, university admissions coordinator, state park administrator, law enforcement, adjunct professor, public education in K-12 positions, and campaign management or director for regional non-profit organizations. 


Students in our department have also gained hands-on work experience in internships and fellowships at several area locations: Arrow Rock State Historical Site, Black Archives of Mid-America, Johnson Couty Historical Society, Knob Noster State Park, McClure Archives and Museum, National Archives and Records Administration Kansas City, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Pioneer Bluffs Historical Ranch, Harry S. Truman Historical Site, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, and Whiteman Air Force Base.  You can develop these internship ideas by talking with any of our faculty.


In a global marketplace that is constantly changing, being able to recognize change, learn news skills and information quickly, and adapt are all elements of your training that will allow you to continue to be successful.  Your future job options are only limited by your imagination!