Career Opportunities

What can you do with a History major?

A lot actually.  History is an extremely versatile major that will help prepare you for the world beyond college.

Today’s employers are looking for people who: can think critically and creatively; know how to problem solve; write and speak clearly and effectively; can do research and work independently; and have empathy for other points of view.  These are all skills that you develop and practice through the study of history.

Why not be a history major where you can acquire the skills that employers want through the study of something you love?

Allie-Walker

Success Stories

Allie Walker ’12

History and philosophy alum Allie Walker made the most of her time at Simpson as an undergraduate assistant for the Iowa History Center at Simpson College. More…

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Look to see what some of our graduates have gone on to do after their experience at Simpson.

History Department Student

Lara Roy '11 received her teaching certification in History and Spanish

Secondary Education

About a quarter of our graduates go into education, teaching at the middle and high school levels.  Our History program provides students with the breadth of knowledge that makes them competitive on the education job market.

Find out more about Simpson College's Secondary Education Program


Employment

As we mentioned, the history major is very versatile. This can be seen in the variety of careers being pursued by recent graduates.

Business

  • Director of Employee Benefits for Hy-Vee
  • Underwriter for Nationwide Insurance

Law

  • Attorney for Aviva

Government and Public Service

  • Staffer for Local, State and Federal Politicians
  • Military Service
  • AmeriCorps Vista
  • PeaceCorps
Other Opportunities
  • Host of Market to Market on Iowa Public Television
  • Reporter for The Wall Street Journal
  • Iowa Department of the Blind
Josie Rundlett with State Capital in Background

Josie Rundlett '09 went to Washington, DC to pursue a career in government

Keith Bryan History

Keith Bryan '10 is a trainer with Nationwide Insurance


Megan Stout '04

Megan Stout '04 received her Ph.D. in History in 2013 from Loyola University of Chicago

Allison Haack

Allison Haack '10 completed her Masters of Library Science at University of Indiana - Bloomington

Graduate School

Many of our majors go on to pursue graduate degrees in history, religion, library science, business and law.

  • Boston College
  • Creighton University - Law School
  • Drake University - Law School
  • Emory University
  • Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Iowa State University
  • Loyola University - Chicago
  • Marquette University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kansas
  • Washburn University, School of Law