Seminars & Events
Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference
On March 29 at George Washington University, four Saint Mary's students will present their research at the Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. The history department wishes them the best of luck.
"My St. Mary's Project was truly the culminating experience for my undergraduate years. The process brought me full circle; I was able to take a piece of literature I had read in my very first semester and keep discussing and applying theory to it in my last. My SMP proved to me that I could sustain great ideas and discipline myself, even when I was discouraged. Working so closely with my SMP mentor, Christine Adams, was really valuable, offering a one-on-one environment that I had never had with my regular classes. I came away from my project knowing more about my topic than I thought I ever would -- and I still love it!"
Looking for articles or where to start with research? Try asking the History Subject Liaison at the Library.
"Becoming a history major has helped me to develop skills in writing, research, and critical thinking I never knew I had. I used to get nervous when friends and family would say to me "So you're a history major... what are you going to do with that?" But now I realize that the professors in this department have prepared me for the "real world" without me even knowing. While I signed on simply to study stuff that interested me, I ended up developing a unique skill set and learning how to address problems in an analytical and unbiased way."
-Josh Herber, Class of 2007
So what can you do with a history degree?
We recently conducted a study of our alumni from over the last ten years. The survey identified 76% of our majors and shows that our alumni are succeeding in a variety of careers.
There is always a demand for excellent teachers, and 28% of these alums went into teaching. Many went on to obtain a Masters of Teaching and certification. The MAT program at St. Mary’s College has an outstanding placement rate, putting our students on the path to a rewarding career.
18% of our surveyed alumni went to law school, many to tier 1 and tier 2 schools such as Cornell, Penn, Northwestern, William and Mary, and Georgetown, as well as our fine local schools at Maryland, Baltimore, and American University. The history program prepares majors for the demands of law school, so that they not only gain admission, they succeed.
Other Professional Opportunities:
Research and writing skills provide the foundation for success in a wide range of graduate programs. Of our graduates, 12%, chose to pursue a Master’s and the Ph. D. in history. Others went on to graduate programs in public policy, international studies, Celtic Studies, Islamic Studies, and fields such as museum studies, public history, library science, and even business and medicine.
Finally, 48% our alumni surveyed work in the world of non-profits, higher education administration, government service, contracting firms, small business, or are pursuing a career in the creative arts. In addition to the diverse historical content our majors encounter in their courses, we are confident that they also take with them solid preparation in critical thinking and research and writing skills that have broad application.