I know a few history majors who went on to do random stuff... mostly government and international relations, if that interests you. Nothing wrong with grad school though if you can swing it, especially if you're not burnt out from your undergrad years. It's really unfortunate, but in today's economy continuing to grad school is often the only way to survive if you want to pursue the career whatever field interests you. It's the best way to keep up with the research in the disipline, make contacts, and land on unexpected career opportunities. A lot of people suggest taking a year or few off after undergrad to "gain experience," but honestly -- you're going to get experience nomatter what you do. If you really love what you're doing in undergrad (especially research-type fields like history), I'd say try a year or two in grad school to at least get an MA or MS. That gives you time to really get involved in the action of whatever field you're in. (Plus -- it's easier to get grants and fellow/assistanceships when you're younger. If you wait a few years and get a job in the meantime, even a crappy one, grad programs are less willing to dole out the cash.) Edit: Sorry Zeta, didn't see your post -- did the US start a war again?