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Life After Linfield

History majors can be found in every sector of the economy.

When you graduate from Linfield, you will have the skills to pursue any career path of your choosing.

Linfield history grads often pursue careers in:

  • Business, communications, marketing and journalism
  • Government and public service, politics and political campaigns
  • Higher education
  • Library science/archives management
  • Museums/historical societies
  • Non-profit sector work

Recent graduates of Linfield history are currently employed by:

  • American Bar Association (legal writer)
  • Bologna Institute for Policy Research, Bologna, Italy
  • Georgetown University Law School
  • The Historic Ford’s Theater (where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated; marketing)
  • Historical Research Associates, Inc. (architectural historian)
  • Japan-English Teaching (JET) Program (language teacher)
  • Latah County Historical Society (Executive Director)

Other recent graduates have pursued masters and Ph.D.s in various disciplines and/or professional programs at:

  • Lewis and Clark College
  • Simmons College
  • The Johns Hopkins University (Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies)
  • Texas Christian University
  • University of Southern California (Marshall School of Business and History)
  • Washington State University
  • Willamette University (Law School and Atkinson Graduate School of Management)

Our recent graduates highlight what is special about being a history major at Linfield.

“I arrived at Linfield in 2007 with a passion for both history and current events but a lack of clarity about how I could leverage that into a career. I found several important mentors in the History Department, including Drs. Wadewitz and Bailey Glasco, who encouraged me to see history as more than a degree, but rather a set of tools for better understanding the world around me. Extra-curricular activities such as working in the Admissions Office as a Student Ambassador and serving for two years as a Colloquium Peer Advisor helped me hone my skills as a storyteller and leader. Guidance from my advisor (Wadewitz) led me to pursue a graduate degree in Public History at Washington State University directly following graduation, where I was awarded a teaching assistantship for the duration of my program. In 2013 I began a full-time public history career at the Latah County Historical Society in Moscow, Idaho, where I have been the Executive Director for the past seven years. I continue to give back to the field by serving on the Board of Directors for the Idaho Association of Museums and the Program Committee of the Western Museum Association. In 2020 I will exercise my skills as a historian in a new capacity as I run for the Idaho State Legislature.” –Dulce Kersting-Lark (2011)

“I transferred to Linfield in 2013 from Chemeketa Community College with an interest in history and its implications for current affairs. In the summer before my senior year, the History department’s Thomas Branigar Award allowed me to do archival research in Canada for my senior thesis on the history of Japanese Canadian internment during World War II…I presented my research at the 2015 regional Phi Alpha Theta conference, where my work won the award for best undergraduate paper. [The History Department awarded me] …the Walter Irving Young award and I graduated summa cum laude in 2015 with a major in History and minor in Law, Rights and Justice. The opportunity to do collaborative research with Professors Peter Buckingham and Nick Buccola gave me further experience with the work of historians, contributing to my decision to pursue a doctorate in history. Following graduation, Professors Scott Smith and Lissa Wadewitz continued to mentor me as I applied to graduate programs and I was accepted into two fully funded PhD programs. I am currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California working on a dissertation about citizenship and exclusion in the American West during the First World War.”—Jillaine Cook (Class of 2015)

“While at Linfield, I was active with the Key Club, the Japanese Club, and did a lot of volunteer work. I was also involved in various environmental activities on and off campus (working in the community garden and at a nearby native plant nursery). I likewise completing an internship with the Wilsonville School District's CREST Program where I served as a program leader on a Community Sponsored Agriculture farm that helps teach junior/high school students about sustainable farming, business practices, and ecology. I further really appreciated Linfield's strong commitment to study abroad programs and took the opportunity to study abroad twice: I spent a semester in Yokohama Japan at Kanto Gakuin University and took part in a Jan Term course on Aboriginal and Environmental Economics in Australia. My history senior thesis was entitled: “The Diffusion of Cultural Caffeine: An Analysis of England's Coffee and Tea Consumption.” This was a cross cultural examination of the economic, social, and political factors shaping the adoption and consumption of these now ubiquitous caffeinated beverages within these societies. I worked in the history department all four years as a research assistant to Professors Peter Buckingham and John Sagers, including two summers on campus doing research on collaborative research grants.

After graduating from Linfield with a major in history and minors in environmental science and Japanese, I went to Japan with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET) to teach English at a public junior high school and elementary school in Gunma, Japan. I taught English there for three and a half years, while also beginning my Masters in Library and Information Science. I completed an online degree from Simmons University in Boston in May 2019. As part of my Masters, I also completed an internship and independent study at Maebashi City Library, Gunma, Japan, as well as various translation and interpretation projects. I returned to Oregon in July 2019 and began a job at Oregon Health and Sciences University as a Repository Steward, working in a research laboratory at OHSU. I am currently responsible for helping manage the blood and tissue samples held in the Oregon Pancreatic Tissue Repository.”—Sydney Owen (Class of 2015)