Humanities & Culture

Department of History

Mark Slade is not only a global logistics expert, he's also a History grad.

Mark Slade (Hon. B.A., 1996) credits his time at U of T with helping him to become more open-minded and to build a global view, which has been vital to his career success. Now working in Hong Kong, he is the Managing Director of DHL Global Forwarding for that region. See more about Mark here.

What do employers value about Department of History graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 93% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $45,525/year upon entering the workforce. 63% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto History alumni most frequently apply their problem solving and communication in these industries: 

  • Education
  • Media and Communication
  • Research
  • Arts and Design
  • Sales
  • Operations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Community and Social Services
  • Administration
  • Consulting
  • Government/Foreign Affairs

graduate or professional school

A History degree equips students with the critical thinking and research skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:

  • History
  • Education
  • Law
  • Public Policy
  • Library and Archival Studies
  • Museum Studies
  • Global Affairs
  • Journalism
  • Area Studies (including African Studies, North & Latin American Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Pacific Studies)
  • Geography
     

exploring opportunities while you're a student

Learn About yourself

Register for the Extern Job Shadowing Program to connect with professionals like a history alum who is now a Financial Planner at Desjardins and others in your career area of interest. During a half or full day job shadowing placement, you’ll begin to clarify your goals and better understand your career options. 

Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience. 
 
Attend a Career Centre workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills and plan for your career or further education. Visit cln.utoronto.ca for more information.

Connect with Alumni

The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.  

Options in your Department

While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career. 

Talk to your professors and teaching assistants to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your discipline.  

Attend lecture series events planned by staff at the faculty.

Network with others in your department at academic social events planned by your student union