Undergraduate Major Details


What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The History major is in the College of Letters and Science.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:


The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
Aboriginal Heritage
Alexander Hamilton Elementary
American Bar Association
Biking Archive & Research Project
British American Security Information Council
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
CEA C'E' Ars and Fides
Center for American Progress
Davis Senior High School
Edison High School
Gibson Elementary School
Holmes Junior High School
Lane Cove National Park
Naval History & Heritage Command
Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein
Quarantine Station (Q Station)
Robert E. Willett Elementary School
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Sutter Medical Center Sacramento
UC Davis Cross Cultural Center
UC Davis Department of Chemistry
UC Davis Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis Picnic Day
UCDMC Child Life
US Department of Justice: Civil Rights Division: Voting Section
Ventura County Star
VietNamese Cancer Awareness Education & Research Society
White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
Yolo Basin Foundation

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 142 31 21.8%
2013-14 144 26 18.1%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 40.0% 26.7% 26.7% 6.7%
2013-14 42.3% 11.5% 30.8% 15.4%
2014-15 15.4% 15.4% 38.5% 30.8%
2015-16 20.5% 22.7% 50.0% 6.8%
2016-17 40.0% 6.7% 46.7% 6.7%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
AmeriCorps Emergency Services Assistance
Carney & Associates Publicity Specialists Assistant Marketing Manager
CEO Global Project Coordinator
City Year Tutor
DMG Mori Seiki Quality Control
Holman Management Consulting, LLC Research Analyst
Katz & Associates Project Assistant
Mennonite Voluntary Service Youth Program Assistant
Nell Program Teacher
Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. Legislative Assistant
Ranch Capital Office Manager and Marketing Assistant
Round Table Sales Associate
Sacramento Bee Reporter
Salazar & Cook, LLP Legal Assistant/Paralegal
State of California Office Manager
Stonesfair Property Management Leasing Specialist
Sutter Davis Hospital Patient Access Rep
Total Family Care Coalition Community Relations Specialist
University of California, Davis Analyst
Worlda English Teacher
Xerox Corp Qa Tech

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-15 $32,000 $28,000
2015-17 $24,500 $28,000