The history BA curriculum emphasizes breadth and flexibility. Our students develop a deep and nuanced understanding of the world and complete their program of study prepared to confront contemporary challenges with well-founded ideas and insights.

History majors work closely with our accomplished faculty, whose specialties span nearly every part of the globe, from antiquity to the present. Students have the opportunity to pursue one of our predefined concentrations—colonialism, imperialism, and nationalism; science, technology, and environment; war and revolution; or cultural and intellectual history—or to develop an individualized concentration.

The study of history provides majors with the research, analytical, and communication skills necessary for every type of career. These include the ability to read with a purpose, to assimilate and synthesize information from a variety of sources, to conduct critical analysis, and to effectively present information and ideas in oral and written form. Our graduates go on to work in a wide array of fields, including law, journalism, government service, diplomacy, business, resource management, and teaching.