History prepares you for a career focused on the content of history—such as teaching, working in a museum, or overseeing an archive collection—or on applying the skills of history to a field like business, law, politics or journalism.

Your enhanced critical thinking skills, writing ability, and knack for identifying relationships between seemingly disparate things position you for success in a variety of careers. But don’t just take our word for it. Below you'll find a short list of former history majors you likely already know.

Famous History Majors

Headshots of famous history majors including Chelsea Clinton, Antonin Scalia, John F. Kennedy and others
From Left to Right. First Row: Chelsea Clinton, Martha Stewart, George Mitchell, Antonin Scalia. Second Row: Conan O'Brien, Julia Child, John F. Kennedy, Carly Fiorina

U.S. Presidents

  • George W. Bush
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Richard Nixon
  • Franklin Roosevelt
  • Teddy Roosevelt
  • Woodrow Wilson

Business Leaders

  • Ken Chenault, CEO at American Express
  • Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs
  • Lee Iococca: Former CEO of the Chrysler Corporation
  • Brian Moynihan, Bank of America CEO

Politicians/Public Officials

  • Joseph Biden, Vice President of the United States
  • Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense
  • Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the House
  • Eric Holder: Attorney General of the United States
  • Elena Kagan, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
  • Samantha Power, United Nations Ambassador
  • Harry Reid, Senate majority leader
  • Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice


  • Steve Carell, The Office
  • Sacha Baron Cohen, Ali G, Borat
  • Larry David, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Katharine Hepburn
  • Lauryn Hill, The Fugees
  • Bill Maher, Politically Incorrect
  • Edward Norton, Actor
  • Conan O'Brien, Comedian
  • Bill O'Reilly, Fox News


  • Chris Berman, ESPN
  • Wolf Blitzer, CNN  
  • Charlie Rose, PBS
  • Leslie Stahl, 60 Minutes

Big Thinkers

  • Malcolm Gladwell, Author
  • Irving Kristol, Founder of Neoconservatism
  • Ayn Rand, Author