History and Political Science Careers

Goshen College Alumni

Here are current positions held by history alumni:

  • Community Organizer
  • Non-Profit Program Director
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • Admission Counselor
  • Library Aide
  • Pastor
  • Asst Professor of Latin American History
  • Attorney
  • EFL teacher
  • Citizenship Coordinator

  • Co-Country Representative
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Land Surveyor
  • Firefighter/EMT
  • Freelance Film Production
  • Paralegal
  • Real Estate Professional
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Director of Human Resources

Overview

The American Historical Association says that

“History should be studied because it is essential to individuals and to society, and because it harbors beauty.” History allows us to understand people and societies, and how these societies came to be and change. History provides us with a tool for moral understanding, as well as an identity.

About the Coursework

Goshen College’s history and political science department provides an understanding of global issues with local impact that help you understand the future by examining things such as ethnic conflict, war and peace, poverty, immigration, gender roles, the environment, racism, globalization and the implications of Christian faith in a changing society.

Possible courses include:

  • History of Ethnic Conflict
  • American History
  • Gender in World History
  • European History

  • Anabaptist/Mennonite History
  • History of Global Poverty
  • Religious History of Africa
  • Renaissance & Reformation


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

Teacher certification is available in social studies. For more information visit the education department’s web page.

Possible Career Paths

The possible career choices are broad for every major. Recent history graduates teach social studies in high school or a specialty in college. Some are employed in libraries, archives and education administration. Others are in church vocations, law, business and administration.

The list below provides several career options, but it is not exhaustive. Please note that some positions require additional education.

  • Anthropologist
  • Archivist
  • Biographer
  • Church Administrator
  • Community Relations Director
  • Counselor
  • Curator
  • Cultural Resource Manager
  • Demographer
  • Documentary Editor
  • Editor
  • FBI/CIA Agent
  • Filmmaker
  • Foreign News Correspondent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Genealogist
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Historic Site Administrator
  • Historic Site Tour Guide
  • Historical Consultant
  • Historical Society Staff Member

  • Indexer
  • Insurance Agent
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • International Relations Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Assistant
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Media Consultant
  • Museum Administration
  • Policy Analyst
  • Policymaker
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Historian
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Researcher
  • Tourism Manager
  • Urban Planner
  • Writer/Author

Additional Resources