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Careers and Professional Development for Majors in History and Anthropology

In addition to our own Center for Student Success (CSS) here on campus, the institutions and organizations listed below offer a broad range of career paths and many links to job listings.

You may start with asking yourself, "What can you do with a degree in History or Anthropology?"

Individuals with degrees in the Humanities and Social Sciences have a wide range of opportunities in the job market. Every day new jobs are being created that could not even exist a decade ago. As a liberal arts major, you bring much to the table: critical thinking and analytical skills, research skills, the ability to articulate your thoughts, etc. As History or Anthropology majors you bring a "value-added" element -- perspective. History and Anthropology both require us to put events into context that define and understand the interrelationships between important components, including cultural and temporal intricacies. We learn to look at both macro and micro levels to gain a fuller understanding of the situation.

But just listen to what we have to say, here are some other resources that help you gain a better picture of what you can do with your degree:

History majors may want to start at the American Historical Association's What can you do with an undergraduate degree in history? Many, many things.

Anthropology majors may want to peruse the American Anthropological Associations' Careers in Anthropology and This is Anthropology. You may also read Anthropologyworks blog post: The value of cultural anthropology.

Students may consider doing an internship to get some experience. If you are interested in an internship, contact your advisor or Dr. Heidi Bludau.

Joining the professional organizations related to your field or specific interest is always a good idea. Most have special reduced membership rates for students.



American Historical Association

New Jersey Council for History Education (NJCHE)

Oral History Association

American Anthropological Association

Society for Historical Archaeology

Society for American Archaeology

The Society for Applied Anthropology

National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

Other professional organizations of interest:

  • Foreign Policy Research Institute
  • Resources for Educators:

    Brookdale Community College Holocaust Center
    765 Newman Springs Road
    Lincroft, New Jersey 07738

    Vietnam Era Educational Center
    PO Box 648
    Holmdel, New Jersey 07733

    Note: Each of these sources offer activities for professional development for New Jersey teachers.

    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
    Washington, DC 20024-2126
    E-mail David Klevan for information on joining the listserve the museum offers for

    Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial To The Holocaust
    18 First Place
    Battery park City
    New York, NY 10004-1484

    Opportunities for Summer Study for Educators: