After Oswego

The broad knowledge and critical thinking skills from a history degree can guide you in many walks of life. Oswego graduates find work in museums, historic sites, research, grant writing, teaching, events management, journalism, publishing, government agencies and many other areas. Some go on to graduate history degrees, law schools or advanced education programs

Other opportunities include

  • Law
  • Public and government service
  • Publishing
  • Museum work
  • Diplomacy

Graduate studies may include

  • Law
  • History
  • Public administration
  • Social science
History department alum, Khuram Hussain

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Khuram Hussain, BA ‘98

Professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Oswego faculty and peers provided me with an opportunity to develop my sense of agency as a thinking person in the world. They both supported me and challenged me to carve out my own learning through internships, independent studies and a senior thesis.

History department alum, Carrie Knight

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Carrie Knight, MA ‘05

PhD candidate, University of Rochester

Oswego allowed me the opportunity to build intimate working relationships with professors who fostered academic investigation and personal reflection. After earning my Master’s, I spent the next eight years working in museum curation and administration for small to medium-sized institutions.

History department alum, Shannon David

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Shannon David, BA ‘07

Public Administration Professional

Studying history at Oswego shaped my attitude towards politics, community and life. It opened up opportunities for the study of and a career in public administration where I continued to develop the critical thinking, research and interpersonal skills I learned in the history program.

Graduate and PhD schools graduates have attended

  • University at Albany
  • Binghamton University
  • Fordham University
  • Long Island University
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Rochester
  • Seton Hall University
  • Syracuse University
  • Tufts University
  • Washington and Lee University

Alumni employers

  • NYS transportation office
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • US immigration and customs enforcement
  • US State department
  • Library services
  • Onondaga Historical Association