American History Professor

Teach university students about American history.
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Salary Range
$34,000 – $116,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do American History Professors do?

If the world were a family and its nations were its members, the United States would be the youngest child. Although she’s juvenile in age, America has nonetheless had a turbulent and transfixing past. It is the job of American History Professors to study, record, and teach that story.

Employed by colleges and universities, your primary responsibility as an American History Professor is to teach American history classes to college students pursuing a liberal arts education. You may have a specialty—for instance, colonial America, the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, or the President Of The United States—or you may be a generalist, capable of teaching American history from A to Z. Either way, you’re paid to create lesson plans, give lectures, assign homework, and administer exams, all in hopes of turning students into citizens.

Of course, your job isn’t just teaching. At once academic and patriotic, it’s also researching. When you’re not in the classroom, therefore, you’re in libraries and museums, studying people and events from the nation’s past with the goal of unearthing new facts or developing new interpretations, which you’ll share in the form of scholarly articles, books, and presentations.

Whether it’s the truth about George Washington’s hairpiece or a new take on the Cold War, you’re a historical Sleuth who specializes in all things stars-and-stripes.


Should I be an American History Professor?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • How to Become an
    American History Professor

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