“What are you going to do with a history degree?”
It’s a common question heard by students who major in history. But a better question would be “What aren’t you going to do with a history degree?"
A history degree from The University of Baltimore prepares students for a wide range of careers. Our alumni have gone on to professional success as attorneys, teachers, museum professionals, nonprofit administrators, military officers, librarians, writers and professors. Many of our alums have also attended UBalt School of Law and UBalt's M.F.A., M.P.A., and other graduate programs, as well as graduate programs at other institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, Morgan State University, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Hear our alums explain how their history degrees have prepared them for career success.
“My history professors have been some of my biggest influences as an educator and constantly challenged me to consider and understand perspectives outside of my own, a skill that has taken me farther than I could have ever imagined, and for that, I’ll be forever grateful.”
–D. Watkins, B.A. ’09, M.F.A. '14, bestselling author of The Beast Side and We Speak For Ourselves
"Learning to research, analyze data, and write a well-crafted paper was a key to my success in winning seven business- plan competitions that awarded me with over $35,000 in cash and prizes. With some of those funds, I launched Pretty Mobile Baltimore, DMV's First Mobile Make-Up Studio to provide on-location make-up artistry services when a traditional venue is not available."
-Takia Ross, B.A. ’11, founder and owner of Accessmatized, the first mobile make-up studio in Maryland
“The research and writing skills I learned at UBalt have helped to prepare me for law school and work. I am able to efficiently and quickly find primary and secondary sources due in large part to the extensive research and writing I did at UBalt as a history major.”
-Jessica Swadow, Esq., B.A. ’11, J.D. ’16, attorney at Shapiro Sher law firm
"My work at a Baltimore public school is based on the interpretation and reinterpretation of information for young learners. The skills that I honed in the History program continue to mean the most to my professional interests, especially in interviews and on grant applications: I learned to write effectively, conduct research, develop professional relationships, and put my creativity to work. I think being able to turn an idea into a workable project has been the skill that has brought me the most opportunity professionally."
-DJ Nash, B.A. '13, library director, Southwestern Baltimore Charter School