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History Matters: A Series for Students


Emily Swafford of the American Historical Association presents to Villanova graduate and undergraduate students as part of "History Career Day" in 2018.


"History Matters: A Series for Students" offers guidance and inspiration for students at all stages of their Villanova education, from undeclared undergraduates, to history majors and minors, to graduate students. These educational events, featuring industry professionals, current and former Villanova students, and experts from the University Career Center and Professional Development, help students as they prepare to put their degrees to work in the history profession and beyond. The "History Matters" series is presented in conjunction with the Villanova Career Center


Upcoming events

Past events

Please join us online on Wednesday, March 24 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. to talk about making the transition from "classroom to career." Professionals from the University Career Center and the Office of Undergraduate Studies will provide practical tips and best practices for applying to an internship or job, communicating the skills acquired as a history student, and finding resources available to guide and prepare you for career success. This event is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Panelists include:

Jhaakira Jacob, Assistant Director, Career Development

Kate Szumanski, Director, Professional Development and Internships

Sofia Bermudez, Assistant Director, Professional Development


Please join us online via Zoom on Wednesday, February 24 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. to talk about what you can do with a history major or minor! Many students "love history BUT..." go on to major in other disciplines. Let's talk about the 101 great reasons to pursue your passion for history!

Panelists include:

Alain Duroseau, Vice President of Client Services, CCI Consulting (VU '10)

Andrew Friedman, Co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy and Co-Founder of Make the Road New York

Katherine "Kit" Neville, VU '21



Speakers at prior events have included: Emily Swafford, Manager of Academic Affairs at the American Historical Association; Kristen Starnes, History Teacher at Country Day School of the Sacred Heart and History M.A., Villanova ('07); Theresa Altieri Taplin, Archivist & Collections Manager, Union League of Philadelphia and History M.A., Villanova ('12); and Sandra Krogulski, Manager, Accenture, and History B.A. ('09) and M.A. ('11), Villanova.

Read about 2019 History Career Day >


Additional resources

The American Historical Association (AHA) is leading a nationwide initiative on Career Diversity for Historians. Resources include:

Additional career resources for historians may be found on the websites of the National Council on Public History and American Association for State and Local History.


The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest
St. Augustine Center, Room 410
Villanova University
Villanova, PA 19085

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