History & Social Research Careers

Goshen College Alumni

Here are some current positions held by alumni:

  • Attorney
  • Educational Administrator
  • Health Office Specialist
  • Communications Coordinator
  • International Relations

  • Librarian for Public & Technical Services
  • Library Circulation Manager
  • Paralegal
  • Voluntary Service Worker
  • Senior Systems Engineer


The history and social research major is designed to provide students with library, statistical and field-research skills especially useful for careers in law, business, and public administration.

About the coursework

A variety of history courses provides a broad perspective rather than merely a technical orientation. In addition to history courses, the student’s faculty adviser will encourage taking elective courses in economics, sociology, and political science.

Possible courses include:

  • History of Global Poverty
  • Principles of Sociology
  • African-American History
  • Expository Writing

  • Renaissance & Reformation
  • Intro to Statistics
  • History of Ethnic Conflict
  • Methods of Social Research

For a full list of requirements and courses, refer to the course catalog.

Possible career paths

The possible career choices are broad for every major and history and social research alumni work successfully in many different careers. The list below will provide you with several career options, but it is not exhaustive. Please note that some positions require additional education.

  • Academic Information Coordinator
  • Anthropologist
  • Archeologist
  • Archivist
  • Biographer
  • Business Manager
  • Conservator
  • Curator
  • Database Manager
  • Demographer
  • Digital Archivist
  • Director of Public Policy
  • Electronic Information Specialist
  • Editor
  • Executive Director
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Genealogist
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Historic Site Administrator
  • Intelligence Analyst

  • International Relations Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
  • Legislative Analyst
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Media Relations Specialist
  • Museum Administrator
  • Peace Corps Worker
  • Public Administrator
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Librarian
  • Researcher
  • Sociologist
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Urban Planner
  • Writer/Author

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