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Using Your Degree

An accomplished history graduate is attractive to all kinds of employers in any number of fields, as well as to graduate and professional schools. You can find USF history alumni in the legal and medical professions, in business, government, foreign service, politics, and creative self-employment. Many students come to the field of history seeking rewarding and chalenging careers in the various levels of education. In order to teach history at the secondary level (K-12), you will need to persue certification through the state of Florida in addition to your Bachelor's degree. Often, students will find it useful double-major or study for a master's degree in the College of Education for this career path. Careers in academia (teaching at the college level) are also tremendously rewarding, but you should be aware that this field can be highly competitive. If you are interested in this career, seek advice from your professors.

The history program at USF prepares you to:

  • Participate knowledgeably in the affairs of the world around you, drawing upon understandings shaped through reading, writing, discussions, and lectures concerning the past.
  • See yourself and society from different times and places, displaying a sense of informed perspective and a mature view of human nature.
  • Read and think critically, write and speak clearly and persuasively, and conduct research effectively. 

  • Exhibit sensitivities to human values in their own and other cultural traditions and, in turn, establish values of your own.
  • Appreciate your natural and cultural environments.
  • Respect scientific and technological developments and recognize your impact on humankind.
  • Understand the connections between history and life.

Graduate School

Are you interested in persuing graduate studies in History? USF offers programs at both the M.A. and Ph.D. level! Check out what the graduate programs in history at USF have to offer by clicking here.

You may also find the American Historical Association's guide to "Navigating the Graduate School Admissions Process" helpful.

Please contact Dr. Cornelis Boterbloem, the Graduate Director, with any questions that you might have about graduate studies in history at USF:


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