Historians use methods, techniques, and ideas from a wide range of humanistic and social scientific fields to teach students how materials from many fields are integrated to describe or explain a particular historical time period or topic. History is an open-ended discipline, and the department welcomes students, as well as ideas and techniques, from other subjects. History also gives a student many options for a future career. Many history majors have become lawyers, journalists, civil servants, and business executives. The future of a history major is not limited to college or school teaching, although these are also available career choices. Expanding opportunities are to be found in public and private agencies, in businesses, archives, historical societies, museums, and government offices. History courses may help students to develop a balanced program that will further their career and intellectual goals. Courses in economics and history could lead to an understanding of economic development and aid a business or civil service career; a combination of language, literature, and history would give a student background that could lead to a career in foreign service or teaching; a mixture of communication and writing with history might prepare one for a career in journalism. In short, students in practically any field can investigate questions that are intellectually exciting and personally helpful by taking history courses related to their programs and ambitions. For more information on the major, the minor, or the Department of History, visit http://www.history.pitt.edu/.