Career opportunities

Find your calling

An undergraduate study of history is an excellent starting point for a variety of careers that focus on individual skills in research, writing, and critical thinking. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in fields ranging from business to journalism.

Some career options to consider:

  • Museum curator
  • Archivist
  • Journalist
  • Research specialist
  • Politician/elected official
  • Communications specialist
  • Professor
  • Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Business executive

Alumni story

Turning passion into purpose

Erik Penz (BA'95) came to Dalhousie knowing he wanted to eventually enter law. But he also wanted to do something concrete with his passion for history. Less than two years after graduating, Erik co-founded the Dominion Institute (now called the Historica-Dominion Institute) to promote Canadian history and civics. He's now also a Toronto-based partner in the international law firm, Macleod Dixon.

I knew I wanted to be a lawyer before I started, but it was reinforced by my studies of the origins of our legal system under Professor Cynthia Neville, who teaches classes on mediaeval Europe.