What can you do with a doctorate in history?

Question by kayla_neopian: What can you do with a doctorate in history?
I’m hoping to get a doctorate in Medieval History, and also study religion, anthropology, and maybe either art history or psychology. Also, can you only get a masters/doctorate in one area of study?

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Answer by Galactic Emperor
You can teach history in High school, or work as a tour guide at a museum.

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5 Comments so far »

  1. Steffan said,

    Wrote on August 11, 2012 @ 12:13 am

    you could use your degree as a very expensive place mat.

  2. Professor Farnsworth said,

    Wrote on August 11, 2012 @ 1:04 am

    A doctorate would allow you to teach in a college or university if you choose to do so. You could also work at a museum. Another option would be research and/or book writing.

    You could choose to get more than one masters or doctorate if you wanted to. The chair of the History Department at my school has a masters and two doctorates in religious and ancient history.

  3. Fitz said,

    Wrote on August 11, 2012 @ 1:13 am

    High school teacher, college professor, museum curator, archivist, lobbyist, publishing research assistant, tourism bureau manager, writer/editor, an archaeologist, broadcaster, campaign worker, consultant, congressional aide, foreign service officer, foundation staffer, information specialist, intelligence agent, journalist, legal assistant, personnel manager, public relations staffer.

  4. classmate said,

    Wrote on August 11, 2012 @ 2:05 am

    It’s very common to get a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in the same field. It’s probably much more common than getting a Master’s in one field and a Ph.D. in another.

    Many, perhaps most, people who get doctorates in history do so with the intention of teaching history at the college or high school level. (Colleges and universities require a Ph.D. You can get a high school teaching job without one.) Some people with a Ph.D. in history work as administrators at museums and historic sites. Some work in the publishing industry, writing and editing history books.

  5. Laurence said,

    Wrote on August 11, 2012 @ 2:20 am

    I got me a PhD in Brazilian literature, but since my thesis was on the historical development of the book publishing industry in Brazil, it in reality combined literary, esthetic, commercial, social, economic, political, geographic, educational and technolgical history, while the research itself brought my Portuguese up to near native fluency. I had been a librarian in England; my doctorate got me promotion and then employment in university libraries overseas: I ended up as a specialist Latin American librarian at Columbia University, NYC. I reckon it was worthwhile financially, but the best part was the sheer joy of doing it. It was really the only part of my formal education that I really enjoyed doing (I was left to get on with it!). And my thesis was published in Brazil, and is still in print in its revised edition, thirty years later.

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