Student Profiles and Placement
William & Mary's History Department is uniquely prepared to train graduate students for a wide range of careers, and we're very proud of our record in placing alumni in the sort of jobs they want. All doctoral students take a one-credit, semester-long teacher training course in addition to working as teaching assistants, and almost all teach their own course at least once before leaving the program. The History Department, moreover--in conjunction with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the Center for Archaeological Research, the Earl Gregg Swem Library, and other local institutions--offers history graduate students apprenticeships in archaeology, historical editing, archives, vernacular architecture, and humanities computing. These apprenticeships, which are competitively awarded and are normally held during the year-long master's program, train students for a wide range of careers beyond the halls of academe. As you'll see from the list below, most of our recent PhDs are in tenure-track positions at the university level, but the alumni of the master's program have followed a wider range of pursuits. Many are teaching or working toward higher degrees (see the advice of one MA on teaching in a private school). However, you'll also see on the list a public historian, an editor, a fundraiser, a library computer specialist, a researcher for a lobbying firm, as well as curators, archivists, and archaeologists. To smooth the transition from the classroom to the career, the department offers brown bag sessions on "interviewing", "what goes on a cv [academic-speak for a resumé]," "careers in history outside the academy," "transforming the book into an article," "getting on a conference panel," and other related topics.
To find up-to-date job ads in academia, go to http://www.historians.org. For Museum jobs, try http://www.aam-us.org. For jobs at Historical Societies, go to http://www.aaslh.org/jobsonline.htm. For Archives jobs click on Society of American Archivists and for Public History go to The National Council for Public History and the Society for History in the Federal Government.
Note: This is a complete directory of placement information for all graduate alumni going back to 1949 (our information is pretty sketchy before then). If your name should be on this list and it's not or if you have new placement information, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies at [[gradaps]].