College Hall with the sun setting behind it.

Cornell's history graduates have honed their ability to speak cogently and write with clarity. They can read and interpret a variety of texts and documents. Our history graduates are aware that ideas, institutions, and patterns of behavior develop over time, and an understanding of the historical context of human existence is central to their liberal arts education. These skills serve our graduates well not only in their future careers but also if they continue their education in graduate school. 

According to, history graduates earn on average $65,000 a year. 

The U.S. News reports that many history graduates work in the private sector conducting research, attend law school, and become educators, archivists, librarians, and museum curators.