The Department of History has over 16,000 alumni, all of whom have made their mark on the world in some way. We invite alumni to stay engaged with the Department in a number of ways, including (but not limited to!) serving on the Board of Visitors, mentoring undergraduates in their career exploration, and contributing to our annual newsletter. We welcome all History Badgers back to the den!
Board of Visitors
The Board of Visitors is a group of History alumni that volunteers its time to perform three critical functions for the Department. First, the Board facilitates career, internship, and other professional opportunities for History majors. Second, the Board provides an external relations and advocacy network for the department, promoting the Department in cities across the country. Finally, the Board supports the Department’s development and fundraising initiatives. Board members serve three-year terms and are united in their efforts to expand our intellectual community, invite alumni to engage with current and future Badger history majors, and generate new excitement for the History Department’s work.
More information about the current Board of Visitors members can be found here.
The Department of History strives to support our undergraduate students in defining and pursuing their professional goals, and our alumni and friends are our greatest resources in this effort. As a mentor, you can help current majors explore possible careers, build their network, prepare for interviews – and you can provide a valuable perspective on the many ways in which a history degree is valuable in the workplace. If you are interested in serving as a mentor for students, leading mock/informational interviews, or participating in career events, – or if you have internship/job opportunities you would like to share with our students – please contact Christina Matta.
History majors are everywhere! We are in classrooms and law offices, but also in consulting firms, non-profits, and tech startups – to name only a few. The Department’s 17,000 (and growing!) alumni are excellent examples of the wide applicability of skills conferred by the history major. Want to learn more? Check out some of our featured alumni here.