Department Chair

  • James C. Harrison
    Professor of History
    Kiernan Hall 228
    (518)783-2353
    harrison@siena.edu

What can I do with a history degree?

History majors really do excel in all kinds of careers.  Look at Siena's own success: Morgan Sisters Highlight History’s Broad Appeal

See "Why Study History?" published by the American Historical Association.

See "What can you do with an undergraduate degree in history?" published by the American Historical Association.

If you are interested in teaching, please see Dr. Harrison about the education program.  If you are interested in pursuing an MA or Ph.D. in history, please see Dr. Eelman.  If you are interested in law school, please see Dr. Len Cutler in the Political Science department.  See Dr. Mahar or Dr. Dorsey for more information about opportunities in public history, and see Graduate Programs in Public History.  

For history-related jobs, see:
National Council on Public History: Jobs
American Historical Association:  Government & Public History Jobs
American Association for State and Local History
New York History Net Jobs
Humanities and Social Sciences Online (H-Net) Job Postings
Historyjobs (mostly archives, but click “view similar jobs” for more)
Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums
Society of American Archivists

Business internships are an excellent way for history and American Studies majors to find out how the "real world" works. Not all are exclusively for business majors. Check at the Career Center.  Also, there is a new Management Minor  created for Liberal Arts majors.   

Recent graduates are employed by:
Anne Klein Footwear/The Jones Group
Barry McTiernan & Moore (New York City)
Binghamton University
Boston University
Deer Valley Unified School District (Phoenix, AZ)
Excelsior College
Ichabod Crane Central School District
Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
JIMLAR (Calvin Klein Footwear)
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
New York State Assembly
News 12 Long Island
PepsiCo
Smithsonian Institution
Richland One School District
Rockport Company
Rome Central School District
Siena College
Trustco
University of Colorado
Vistaprint
Walt Disney World Company
West Virginia University
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker (Albany)