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 don't 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:
What people are doing with History degrees
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. You may also read:
What people are dong with Anthropology degrees
Anthropology majors may want to peruse the American Anthropological Associations' Careers in Anthropology and This Is Anthropology. You may also read:
Students may consider doing an internship to get some experience. If you are interested in an internship, contact your advisor or Dr. Heidi Bludau. You can also visit our Department Internships FAQ page.
Joining professional organizations related to your field or specific interest is always a good idea. Most have special reduced membership rates for students.
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 educators:firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Career Services provides a variety of services for students, including Hawks Career Link , which allows users to browse job opportunities on-line 24/7 and manage job applications, store resumes on-line and perform other useful features.
Job Hunting Resources
Useful articles on how to think about what skills you bring as either Anthropology or History majors to a business or organization.