We take an active role in helping students find career opportunities like volunteer experiences at local museums, internships, and part-time or full-time positions at museums, galleries, and federal agencies.
Right now, our majors currently have positions at Antique Archaeology in nearby LeClaire, Iowa (from the TV show American Pickers); local galleries; the Putnam Museum; the Figge Art Museum; and the Arsenal Museum.
History is useful in the working world: one becomes a careful investigator and reporter of the facts. Its study helps create good businesspeople, teachers, professionals, and political leaders.
Professional historians teach at various levels, work in museums and media centers, do historical research for businesses or public agencies, or participate in the growing number of historical consultancies. These categories are important for the basic enterprise of history, but most people who study history use their training for broader professional purposes.
Students of history find their investigative research and writing skills directly relevant to jobs in a variety of careers as well as in preparation for fields like law, journalism, information science, and public administration.
Our faculty also offer hands-on guidance to students who choose to pursue graduate-level studies after SAU, and so far, our program's alumni have 100% placement – with fellowship funding! – in graduate school programs. Their programs include Museum Studies, Art History, Art Therapy, Library Science, and Fine Arts.