Graduates from Loyola's history department have found fulfilling careers in academia and beyond. A doctorate in history is not a vocational degree. It does not prepare students to follow only one career path - that of a college or university professor. Rather, the PhD provides graduates with a breadth and depth of knowledge of their field of study, as well as a variety of skills that are sought after by employers in the 21st century. 40% of humanities PhD graduates work in occupations other than postsecondary teaching, using their skills in a wide variety of careers. The history department is committed to supporting students in identifying their career goals, developing an array of skills, and pursuing diverse career pathways.
The resources on these pages provide resources and guidance for graduate students to prepare for their careers after graduation, including information on career discernment, networking, writing cover letters and resumes, and accessing resources on campus.