Meet Our Alumni

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."

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."

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."


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."

Dylan Newman

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) — Miami, Florida

"I think Economics and History were a great combination to learn both quantitative and qualitative skills while in undergrad."

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."

Duke University School of Law — Durham, North Carolina

"The writing and researching skills that the history major teaches, not to mention the increasingly rare knowledge of the past, are timeless."

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."

Mea Warren

University of Houston Libraries — Houston, Texas

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

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."

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."

Associate Attorney, Spencer Fane

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

Netflix — Los Angeles, California

"My biggest advice would be to take advantage of the breadth of topics history offers and take classes whose topic area interests you."

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."

Leonard Popplewell

Kessinger Hunter Commercial Real Estate — Kansas City, Missouri

"(I learned the) importance of networking."

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!"

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."

Becki Feinglos Planchard

City of Chicago, Office of the Mayor — Chicago, Illinois

"If we don't understand where we're coming from as a society, we are missing out on making a bigger impact tomorrow."

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."

Elizabeth Blackwood

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens — Washington, D.C.

"My Duke History degree is the foundation of my career and I would not be where I am without it."