A question often asked of the History Department is, “What are your graduates doing now?” Most people think of the history degree as preparing the student for a teaching career. La Salle has indeed had an enviable record in that area but history graduates can be found in a diverse group of occupations.
According to a survey of the Baccalaureate Origins of the Doctoral Recipients conducted by Franklin and Marshall College, La Salle history graduates have earned 51 Ph.D. degrees since 1920. The figure is more than institutions such as Bucknell, Kenyon College, Connecticut College, the University of Scranton or Villanova University. For some comparison, Haverford College, one of the most prestigious institutions in the United States, has had 63 of its graduates earn a Ph.D. in the same time frame.
La Salle’s History Ph.D.’s are currently teaching at Colleges and Universities all over America and abroad. Some of the schools where La Salle’s history graduates currently teach include: Duquesne University, The University of Pittsburgh, Chestnut Hill College, Villanova University, Fordham University and Old Dominion University. One of our graduates is the History Department Chairman at Seisen International School in Tokyo; another is Curst Professor at the at the University of Warwick in England, while a third holds the rank of Professor at the College of Degamback in Fribourg in Switzerland.
History majors have won a number of outstanding academic awards over the years including Fulbright fellowships to Ireland and Germany. A George Marshall fellowship was also awarded to a history graduate. In recent years History graduates have won prestigious fellowships to Notre Dame, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Delaware.
Along with college and university teaching, our History graduates have gone into high school education. Some are principals, more than a few are department chairpersons, and many are teachers of history and social science particularly in schools in the tri-state area.
Another area frequently entered by our graduates is the legal profession. One graduate is presently serving as a Judge in Philadelphia’s Municipal Court System. (Several of our recent graduates are currently in Law School.) Many of the major law firms in the tri-state area contain lawyers who were history majors while at La Salle. Over forty history graduates have earned law degrees in the last twenty years.
In order to grasp the possibilities of the Bachelor’s degree in history we should look at the various occupations our graduates currently hold:
- Sports Information Officer
- Head of Sports Medicine Group
- City Detective
- Director of a university’s School of International Programming
- Vice President of a Bank
- Diocesan Priest
- Tax Consultant
- Editor of large publishing company
- Curator of Milwaukee Historical Society
- Archivist for the Philadelphia Academy of Music
- Day news editor, Philadelphia Daily News
- Agent for the FBI
- Senior research analyst at Library of Congress
- State Department expert on Central America
- President of a Military Collectible Firm
- Russian analyst for the Defense Department
- Chief financial officer for the New York Power Authority