History Alum Mary McMurray at Center for Midwestern Studies 2

Career Preparations

We are not your grandparents’ History department.

Instead of simply memorizing dates of Civil War battles or names of long dead kings, at UMKC we use the study of history to build the high demand skills needed for a variety of successful careers.

Of course, we share your passion for the past. If you are focused on a career in the academy, we will ensure that you are exceptionally well prepared with research skills. But UMKC history degrees also develop quantitative literacy as well as outstanding communication, collaboration, and digital literacy skills.

Most importantly, the study of history cultivates intellectual self-confidence and the ability to be a flexible and creative thinker. History degrees help you adapt to new professional challenges in a wide variety of occupations that range from business and economics, law and social policy, to educator and non-profit leader.

In keeping with our commitment to preparing students for success in a broad range of careers, the department is proud to announce that we won a competitive Career Diversity Implementation Grant from the American Historical Association in 2018. For the next two years, we will be using these funds:

  • to offer intensive training opportunities in career development for our students,
  • to host networking events connecting our students with the cultural resource management community in the Kansas City region, and
  • to showcase the talents of our students and graduates to business and community leaders.

Along the way, we will gather feedback from students and stakeholders that we can use to improve our curriculum. For more information about this program, read here or contact Matt Reeves.

We invite you to come to the department to see the many ways we prepare our students for life after graduation.