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History graduates: Where are they now?

Hollins history majors get good jobs — not just in fields related to history — because they can think creatively and write quickly and effectively. Recently, alumnae have found employment as a risk-management specialist for a hospital corporation; in publishing; at Sotheby's manuscript division in London; as a corporate software trainer for a Fortune 500 company; in public relations; as college and high school teachers and administrators; as a newspaper reporter; in government and politics.

Majors in history are accepted at some of the nation's best graduate and professional schools and find employment in a variety of fields. Here's what some of them are doing:

Law school: Georgetown University, Case Western Reserve University, Dickinson University, University of Massachusetts, Hamline University, Vanderbilt University, College of William and Mary, University of Virginia, Washington and Lee University, Campbell University

Graduate school in history: Duke University, University of Connecticut, Notre Dame, University of Georgia, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Other graduate programs:
Film: American University
American Studies: College of William and Mary, Penn State
Public Policy: University of Georgia; Brandeis University, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Migration Studies: Oxford University


Sarah Poulton

Sarah Poulton '06, history major, UNC-Charlotte '09, chief procurement officer for the city of Charlotte, N.C.

"Despite my class of M.P.A. students having the highest GPA and GRE scores the program has ever seen, and most of the students being extremely competent, I've found myself at the top of my classes. In terms of writing skills, reading comprehension, and participation, I was so much better prepared for grad school than my fellow students. I have received compliments from my professors on my writing abilities, but I always make sure to tell them that I was schooled by the best."

Jacqueline Whitt Jacqueline Whitt '03, history major, assistant professor of strategy, Air War College, Montgomery, AL

"From my first history class at Hollins, I was hooked. It wasn't until I went to graduate school at UNC-Chapel Hill to get a Ph.D. in military history that I figured out that 'girls' didn't really do that kind of thing. I just figured that I wanted to write, and research, and teach about the things that interested me and about events and ideas that had the power to change individual lives as well as entire societies, cultures, and perhaps even the whole world. And war seemed to fit the bill. As Leon Trotsky is thought to have said, 'You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.' And so, I became used to being one of just a handful of women in the room — at the Society for Military History Conference, in the classroom, in faculty meetings. My education at Hollins — not just in history, but in my involvement with SGA, on university committees, and across the campus — taught me how to hold my own. I earned my Ph.D. with fields in military, American, global, and religious history in 2008, then went to teach history at the United States Military Academy at West Point from 2008-12. I am now an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Air War College in Montgomery, AL. I am one of two women on the teaching faculty here, and my students are senior military officers, most of them with nearly twenty years of military service under their belt. When I sat in Professor Coogan's office to talk about going to graduate school, this isn't where I envisioned ending up, but I wouldn't have it any other way."
Danielle Thompson Danielle Thompson '05, history major, government relations fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA

"I am pursuing a concentration in health policy in the master of public policy in social policy program at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. After graduation, I spent two and a half years working in Massachusetts state government, and I am going to use the M.P.P. degree to do issue-based lobbying and advocacy work. I think all my J-Term internships (including two in Senator Kennedy's office) and the fact that I wrote my undergraduate senior thesis on presidential health care policy at Hollins really helped me get in. Going to a small college also paid off because I was able to get a good recommendation from a professor who actually knows me."


Sarah R. Hatch '96, graduated from the University of Virginia law school now works for the elite homicide unit of the Florida State Attorney's Office, prosecuting first- and second-degree murder cases.

"Hollins gave me freedom to develop my own interests. I was not pigeon-holed into a major right away. I was taught the ability to read a lot and digest the important information, and I learned how to write persuasively. The same is required in law school. My internships were wonderful also. I interned at The Roanoke Times, the Florida State Attorney's office, and in my senior year, the Roanoke Commonwealth Attorney's office, which cemented my desire to do criminal law."


Ann Atkins Hackworth '82, M.A.L.S., '95, layout editor, The Roanoke Times

"What I valued most as a history major at Hollins was the time and attention I received from the professors. The faculty gave me lots of encouragement to pursue a variety of projects, from an independent study to an honors thesis. But what may serve as the best testimonial to my experience with the Hollins history department is my subsequent (13 years later) M.A.L.S. degree, with an emphasis in history."