Alum Mike Berkheimer Mike Berkheimer '06, a trial attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, said his IUP history education was a great foundation for law school, providing him with skills in "reading for comprehension, writing for clarity, and structuring an argumentand the analytical process you pick up from those."

Practical and critical thinking skills with historical perspectives open doors

Many business employers are not looking for a specific degree. They want applicants with a broad perspective, writing skills, and the ability to formulate a winning argumentthe common traits of IUP history graduates. Government services, museums, and historical societies are typical destinations for history majors, but grant and technical writing positions may also be in the offing. Even industries such as tourism and travel have begun to appreciate the value of a staff historian.


With a BA in History from IUP, you will have many job options:

  • Historian
  • Civil Servant
  • Archivist
  • Museum Director
  • Grant Writer
  • Journalist
  • Historical Society Director
  • Librarian
  • Archivist
  • Curator
  • College Professor
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Attorney (with the addition of Law School)
  • Politician
  • Consultant
  • Researcher

To look at more options, check out the Careers in History page.

Path to Higher Degrees

The undergrad work you complete is an excellent preparation for the workforce. It also gives you graduate study options that expand your employment choices.

  • MA in History
  • MA in Public History
  • PhD in History
  • JD in Law