Meet Our Alumni

Edward Fife

COO for RegTechLab — Washington, DC

"(With a History major) you will have considerable skills that transfer well to any number of fields and you should be confident in their value."

Bethany Hill

Head of Communications for CommonBond — New York, NY

"I would encourage History students to take a history course on a topic that has absolutely nothing to do with their primary focus of study."

Clinician Instructor, University of Colorado School of Medicine — Aurora, CO

"My History degree helped prepare me for the rigors of graduate school, especially the research required as a part of my graduate degree."

Alexander Shapanka

NYC Department of Small Business Services — New York, New York

"My degree taught me to be flexible in my jobs and made me predisposed to searching for fresh ways of analysis."

Senior Business Analyst, Abercrombie & Fitch — New Albany, Ohio

"Choose a path within History that interests you and take away the major themes that are discussed."

Mallory Ellingson, MPH

Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University — Atlanta, Georgia

"I think as a History major you learn two very valuable skills — perspective and creative analysis."

Associate Attorney, Spencer Fane

"I received my first job offer without even applying because of the Duke name."

Scott Champagne

Vice President at Barclays — Wilmington, Delaware

"Work on creative thinking and framing arguments."

Shannon Adams

Student — Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University

"The History department is incredibly diverse, so you should take advantage of it — above and beyond your concentration."

Katy McClure Chang

Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Innovation, LPL Financial

"One of the best parts of studying history is learning to synthesize and understand the often complex situations and contexts of key historical events; learning how to think about my business in the context of an extremely dynamic world has made me a better strategist."

Mea Warren

University of Houston Libraries — Houston, Texas

"A history degree opens a variety of doors..."

Cara Buchicchio

Oracle Corporation — Reston, Virginia

"(Duke History) helped me hone my research and writing skills which have been useful in my current position and will continue to provide value..."

Heidi Scott Giusto

Writing Consultant and Entrepreneur

"If you need an additional skill, pursue it – but do not use it as a form of procrastination. You are at Duke: there are classes you can take and job opportunities that can help you refine your abilities."

Sanette Tanaka

Vox Media — New York, New York

"As a history major focusing on the Americas, I learned how to think through abstract concepts, dissect a topic, and find relevance to the here and now."

Three Span Oil & Gas, Inc. — Midland, Texas

"My history degree has served me extremely well, both in how I employ my liberal arts thinking ... and in developing my communication skills..."


Vice President - Investor, Pacific Lake Partners — San Mateo, Calif.

"There are paths out of a History major besides historian and lawyer. Be opportunistic and take a leap of faith - life is more fun that way, and you can still end up doing well."

Michael Schwartz

Financial Advisor at Northeast Planning Corporation — Cranford, NJ

"It is impossible to predict in college where your career may lead you; the skills that the History department provides are applicable to so many careers!"

Head of Upper School, Lancaster Country Day School — Lancaster, PA

"(My degree) has helped place me in a position to move up to administrative roles earlier than most."

Senior Manager, Corporate Development, General Motors — Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany

"Studying history sharpened my ability to develop and convey a position based on principled analysis, supported by quantitative evidence."

Timothy Schulte

AVIA — Chicago, Illinois

"My history degree taught me how to take complex information from opposing viewpoints and distill it down to a clear and compelling story."