Meet Our Alumni
Diligent Corporation — New York, New York
"Studying History at Duke allowed me to hone many different skills including research, attention to detail, and learning to approach a viewpoint from different angles."
University of South Carolina — Columbia, South Carolina
"Being a history student at Duke taught me how to be a process-oriented, research-driven critical thinker. "
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."
"...the department taught me how to write very well and to think critically which I think is something I apply on a daily basis."
Kessinger Hunter Commercial Real Estate — Kansas City, Missouri
"(I learned the) importance of networking."
Senior Consultant at Deloitte — Dallas, Tex.
"History taught me how to find/understand, analyze, and leverage the context of a situation/story to draw conclusions and make decisions."
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!"
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."
University of Houston Libraries — Houston, Texas
"A history degree opens a variety of doors..."
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..."
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."
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."
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."
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."
Senior Producer, CNN International — London, UK
"Ignore the people who say 'what in the world are you going to do with a history 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."
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."
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."
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."
Associate Attorney, Spencer Fane
"I received my first job offer without even applying because of the Duke name."