Go Anywhere with a History Degree.

What can you do with a degree in history? Almost anything!  

Many FHSU history graduates have gone on to teach, write, practice medicine or law, or enter a variety of for-profit and non-profit positions.  The research and communication skills you gain with this liberal arts degree prepares you for a wide variety of career options, such as:

•    Archivist
•    Journalist
•    Analyst
•    Lawyer
•    Congressional aide
•    Librarian
•    Government employee
•    Military personnel
•    Historic preservationist
•    Museum curator
•    Historical researcher
•    Physician
•    Historical society leadership
•    Social studies teacher
•    Information specialist
•    University/college professor

In recent years, FHSU alumni have been teaching at a variety of high schools throughout Kansas, as well as working for-profit and non-profit organizations such as the Department of Defense, Kansas National Education Association, University of Texas, US Air Force, the Littleton Historical Museum and others.  Read more about some of our successful history graduates.

If you have a passion for history, but you are still having trouble envisioning the right career path for yourself, visit Fort Hays State University’s Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center or contact the Department of History to speak with a faculty advisor.

You may also be interested in visiting the American Historical Association  to find additional career resources and lots of other useful information.

FHSU History graduates - out in the world

Please visit our History Department Alumni Page on facebook.  


BasgallsDavid J. & Brenda L. (Sohm) Basgall (1997)
(David) Trego County Attorney & Assistant Ellis County Attorney (Brenda) Assistant Ellis County Attorney
Hays, KS
“We both graduated with master degrees from the history department of FHSU in 1997. Prior to that Brenda received a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1995 and David received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a minor in History in 1995. We found the faculty in the history department to be enthusiastic and passionate about the topics they taught. The professors were more than willing to assist in career options and took a genuine interest in our future. They became not only our mentors but also our friends, made history come alive and brought out our own unique interests in history. We both went on to law school at the University of Kansas. The research and writing skills learned from the history program proved invaluable in the study of law. Best of all, we met through the Master of Arts in the history program and have been happily married since 1999.”
Kelli Getz (2002)

High School Teacher
Quinter High School
Quinter, KS
When I enrolled at FHSU I knew I wanted to be a history teacher, but I had no idea what it would take to prepare me for the profession. The faculty and staff in the history department were exceptional when it came to my education and my future; they went beyond the simple facts given in a textbook by showing me how to apply what I learned in a classroom setting. That, in turn, helped me understand how to present my knowledge to students in a way that would truly make an impression on them. I don’t believe relating to students would have been so important to me had I not seen how important it was to my history professors as I earned my degree at FHSU. Their caring and interest in my success allowed me to make the transition from college student to history teacher—one that would prove to be one of the most rewarding decisions of my life.
SamanthaHarperSamantha Harper (2005)
Processing Archivist
McCracken Research Library, Buffalo Bill Historical Center
Cody, WY
My experiences with the History program at FHSU helped me grow as a person. While I always held an interest in History and Museums, I was able to determine my particular field of interest, and train through local internships in the Archives field. Through the interdisciplinary approach of the History Department I also completed a second Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Minor in Business Administration. I then completed my Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Kansas. All of these experiences helped me prepare for a career in the museum profession. However, I credit the faculty of Fort Hays State University for providing me with the passion, confidence, and determination necessary to pursue my dreams.


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