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What can I do with my degree in History?

About the program

The History department at Concordia University is a dynamic centre of research and teaching that produces innovative scholarship and trains students to use knowledge about the past both within academia and beyond it. As a student in History at Concordia University, you will develop keen analytical, argumentative and interpretative skills and will develop a cultural vocabulary that examines humanity through events, culture and context.

You will have the opportunity to engage with faculty specialized in areas that reflects the world’s diversity and have access to the department’s multimedia facilities that bring history to life through images, texts and sound recordings. Students in History also have opportunities to participate in research projects at research centres including the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling and the Ethnography Lab.

For the latest information on programs, visit the Department of History

Skills developed

As a student in History, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, some of which are listed below. Your transferrable skills can be applied to many different jobs and situations that go beyond your field of study.

  • Develop your investigative, analytical, critical thinking and reserach skills
  • Understand the history of various geographical areas, time periods and themes
  • Interpret past events based on existing data
  • Feed your curiosity and develop keen observation skills
  • Collect and organize historical data
  • Develop credible and defendable arguments
  • Understand the relationship between historical and current events
  • Explain present in view-of the past

  • Communicate ideas clearly, listening carefully and responding comprehensively
  • Read critically and write persuasively
  • Explain complex concepts and ideas to others effectively
  • Write essays and literature reviews
  • Explain complex concepts and theories to others
  • Interact with others and build professional relationships

  • Manage tasks and meet deadlines
  • Work under pressure
  • Influence and persuade
  • Make decisions and use sound judgement

  • Give and receive feedback
  • Lead and follow
  • Negotiate

  • Observe and interpret data
  • Analyze and evaluate conflicting information to generate an informed and plausibl argument
  • Understand complex problems and identify solutions

Potential work settings

Below are examples of work settings where you can gain experience and develop your skills in your field of study. 

  • Art Galleries
  • Banks
  • Book Publishers
  • Census Department
  • Community Service Agencies
  • Consulting Firms
  • Cultural Centres
  • Embassies / Consulates
  • Educational Institutions
  • Government (Federal, Provincial and Municipal)
  • Historical Societies / Associations
  • International Development Organizations
  • Libraries
  • Lobbying Firms
  • Media
  • Museums
  • National Parks
  • Newspapers and Magazines
  • NGOs and Non-Profit Organizations
  • Political Bodies
  • Public Interest Groups
  • Public Relations Departments
  • Research Institutes
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Travel Agencies

What jobs can a Bachelor’s degree in History lead to?

Please note that many positions listed below may require related extra-curricular activities, volunteer or work experience.

For details on these job titles, main duties and employment requirements visit Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

  • Archaeological Field Worker
  • Archive Assistant
  • Assistant Art Curator
  • Collections Manager
  • Conservation Technician
  • Cultural Advisor
  • Curatorial Assistant
  • Educational Textbook Salesperson
  • Event Planner
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Historic Site Interpreter
  • Historical Archivist
  • Historical Artifact Conservator
  • Historical Guide
  • Historical Museum Administrative Officer
  • Historical Sites Administrator
  • Records technician
  • Restoration technician
  • Tourism industry consultant

  • Broadcaster
  • Communications specialist
  • Copy Writer
  • Journalist
  • Media / Information consultant
  • News Analyst
  • Public Relations Intern
  • Publication Assistant
  • Technical Writer
  • Writer / Editor

  • Academic Advisor
  • Alumni Relations Officer
  • Education policy analyst
  • Genealogist
  • Historic Site Guide / Interpreter
  • International Student Advisor
  • Museum Educator
  • Program Administrator / Coordinator
  • Researcher / Research Assistant / Research Analyst
  • Social Policy Researcher

  • Canadian Security Intelligence Service Investigator
  • Customs Officer
  • Election Officer
  • Executive Assistant for Member of Parliament
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Human Rights Officer
  • Immigration Officer
  • Information Officer
  • Intelligence Officer
  • International Development Worker
  • International Relations Specialist
  • Political Analyst

Jobs and career possibilities with a Master's and PhD in History

The job titles listed below are examples of careers requiring further education such as an MA or PhD degree, a second bachelor degree, a certificate or a graduate diploma and relevant work experience.

For details on these job titles, main duties and employment requirements visit Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Art Auctioneer
  • Art Dealer
  • Art Gallery Director / Owner
  • Bank Manager
  • Collections Manager
  • College Professor
  • Community Relations Director
  • Cultural Resources Manager
  • Curator
  • Diplomat
  • Economist
  • Ethnohistorian
  • Historian
  • Judge
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Oral Historian
  • Researcher

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Explore the types of jobs for each industry and find out about required skills, education level and salary ranges in Canada:

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Search job titles or companies - LinkedIn: Search by job title or field of study. You can also find out what type of positions individuals with the same degree as you have occupied.

Career Cruising

Explore your interests, learn about careers and find jobs on the Career Cruising website. Find the link and login information in the Student Hub's My CU Account.

Search for jobs

Browse the websites below to find jobs available in Quebec and Canada related to your field of study. You can also search the CAPS online job bank or find employers in Canada that hire new graduates in your field.

Book an appointment 

To get help with your career exploration and goal setting, book an appointment with a career counsellor. For job search tips on finding the job you want, book an appointment with a career advisor.

To book an appointment with either professional, please call 514-848-2424 ext. 7345

*Only current Concordia students and recent alumni can access this service

Networking  and professional associations

Connect with professionals in the field and professional associations to find out what a day in your career of choice looks like. Professional associations websites also provide useful career descriptions and job hunting tips, and sometimes list job openings and potential employers. You can also attend one of our career workshopscareer fairs or career panels to get a head start.

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