Find the Pathway of Your Historical Passion

Pathways in the Crafting of History

Would you like to...

  • Make a documentary film?
  • Learn to use high-tech Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to map historical developments?
  • Design an interactive museum exhibit?
  • Gather oral histories from people who have lived through or impacted important historical moments from the recent past?
  • Collaborate with classmates or a professor on a special project?
  • Write an original research paper on a subject that intrigues you?

All these possibilities—and many more—are now wrapped up in our new program Pathways in the Crafting of History.

The Illinois Wesleyan Department of History offers a creative program for our majors that is unique in the United States. We offer students a new variety of pathways to produce a Signature Experience that integrates their education in history, a second major or minor, and general education, as well as their creative and intellectual passions. At each step along the way, students will reflect on their educational and career aspirations. Some schools among our peer and aspirant group offer tracks in public history, but none offer the variety of opportunities that our new and distinct history program does.

This diagram provides a visual of our Signature Experience. For the text version of this diagram, see Crafting Your Historical Pathway at Illinois Wesleyan.

This is a diagram that provides a visual of our Signature Experience.

Careers of History Majors

Studying history involves much more than memorizing names, dates, and places from the past. The diverse careers of history students after they graduate verify that claim. The American Historical Association's newsmagazine Perspectives on History published the findings of the American Community Survey (ACS), showing the many career fields history majors enter. The chart below provides a visualization of that survey's results and illustrates history's applicability to numerous career paths. The Department of History's Pathways in the Crafting of History program prepares students for these varied professional uses of a degree in history.

For the text version of this chart, see Careers of History Majors.

This chart depicts career fields of individuals that participated in the ACS survey.

What Our History Graduates Are Doing with Their Degrees

We recently asked our former students how their degrees in history were helping them. We were delighted to receive a vast number of disparate testimonials. See the booklet What Our Graduates Are Doing with Their History Degrees.