+ Professional Pathways – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \


History graduates have chosen to work in politics, journalism, finance, international relations, education and business. Our graduates have gone on to work for the following companies, right after graduation:

  • Bank of America
  • Belltower Books
  • Brown, Gavalas & Fromm LLP
  • CBS News
  • Cambridge Advisory Group
  • Connecticut Science Center
  • Citibank
  • Corporate Executive Board
  • DeWitt Stern Group
  • Discovery Communications
  • Fidelity Investments Brokerage Group
  • German Marshall Fund of the U.S.
  • HSBC Bank USA
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Museum of Our National Heritage
  • National Public Radio
  • Nova Group
  • Peace Corps
  • Rochester Business Journal
  • Barnabas House
  • UBS Financial Services
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • The Washington Times

Professional School

Many History students pursue graduate studies in economics, history, political science, journalism or education, while others go on to earn an M.B.A. or a law degree. A sampling of top-ranked graduate and professional programs that HWS students are accepted to:

  • Boston College
  • Cornell University
  • Heidelberg University
  • Montana State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Stanford University
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University of California
  • University of Chicago Law School
  • Washington University in St. Louis

Graduate Profile: Bill Whitaker ’73, L.H.D. ’97

Bill Whitaker '73, L.H.D. '97

Emmy-award winning 60 Minutes correspondent and HWS Trustee

“After receiving my degree in History from HWS, I went on to graduate school at Boston University and earned an M.A. in African American Studies. I also attended the Master of Journalism Program at the University od California, Berkeley. When I was based in Atlanta, I covered the Challenger Space Shutter explosion and the presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis. From there, I went to become CBS’ Tokyo correspondent and I covered stories like the Tiananmen Square massacre and military coup attempts in the Philippines. In 1992, I became a CBS correspondent in Los Angeles and in that time I have covered the Unabomber case, the Heaven’s Gate cult suicides, both O.J. Simpson trials and the Columbine school shootings. I have also served as CBS’ principal correspondent during the presidential campaign of George W. Bush.”


History majors at HWS have interned with prominent organizations from across the country, including:

  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery – Buffalo, NY
  • Alliance for Maine’s Future – Augusta, ME
  • Assemblyman Brian Kolb – Geneva, NY
  • Bank of America – New York, NY
  • Belltower Books – Ithaca, NY
  • Brooklyn Historical Society – Brooklyn, NY
  • Brown, Gavalas & Fromm LLP – New York, NY
  • Cambridge Advisory Group, Inc. – Cambridge, MA
  • Center for Economic Growth – Albany, NY
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique – Paris, France
  • Citizens Bank – Boston, MA
  • Congressman Michael Arcuri – Cortland, NY
  • Discovery Communications – New York, NY
  • Exploration Summer Programs – New Haven, CT
  • Fidelity Investments Brokerage Group – New York, NY
  • Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union – Geneva, NY
  • Geneva Historical Society – Geneva, NY
  • German Marshall Fund of the United States – Washington, DC
  • Impulse Productions – New York, NY
  • Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes – Geneva, NY
  • Liberty Mutual – Rochester, NY
  • Merrill Lynch – Yardley, P.A.
  • Museum of Our National Heritage – Lexington, MA
  • Nova Group – Japan
  • Ontario County Economic Development – Geneva, NY
  • Peace Corps
  • Public Defender’s Office – Providence, R.I.
  • Production Intern – New York, NY
  • Rochester Business Journal – Rochester, NY
  • Rochester Historical Society – Rochester, NY
  • Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office – Ithaca, NY
  • UBS Financial Services – Syracuse, NY
  • Women’s Rights National Historical Park – Seneca Falls, NY