Petra DeWitt `96, assistant professor and award-winning author, gives a lecture during the fall 2014 semester.

Your History Career

History graduates from S&T have gone on to do much more than teach. They have become teachers, professors, lawyers, military officers, and museum curators, among other professions.

Many of our graduates have also been very successful history teachers.  Students who graduate with a degree in History/Secondary Education are certified to teach grades 9-12 in Missouri.

You can even become a successful professor and author, like Petra DeWitt ‘96, assistant professor in the department. DeWitt is the author of Degrees of Allegiance: Harassment and Loyalty in Missouri's Germany-American Community during World War I, which won the Missouri History Book Award in 2012.

The American History Association's guide to Careers for History Majors shows the range of professional opportunites that this degree affords.

Notable Alumni Across the World

  • Randall Stagner ’81, is a District A councilor in Raleigh, N.C., where he represents 80,000 citizens on the city council.
  • Bryan Lewis ’05, is the Regional Emergency Response Manager for Newmont Mining Corporation’s Africa operations in Ghana.
  • Sam Mahaney ’85, is a brigadier general and commander of Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado.
  • Aaron White ’05, is head archeologist for the Seminole Nation in Florida.
  • Nathan Derrickson ’07 is teaching at Sri Cempaka, a private school in Malaysia.
  • Wayne Hanley ’85, is the chair of the Department of History at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa.
  • Eric Crumpecker ’92, is the head track and field coach at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.
  • Cordell Smith ’88, works in the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C.
  • Darlene Bramel ’82, is the principal at Rolla’s Truman Elementary School.
  • Adam Smith ’10, is curator of collections at Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud, Minn.
  • Julie Mauer ’96, is an attorney with Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite in Phoenix, Ariz.