Colleges with History Majors in the U.S.

When choosing between schools with a bachelor's degree program in history, individuals have many factors to consider. Potential history students should consider factors such as specializations within the major and study abroad opportunities.

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Many schools offer undergraduate programs in the field of history. Different schools tend to specialize in specific themes or geographic areas of study, while also offering study-abroad or online education options.

Top Ten Schools with History Programs

Here is a sample of universities that offer undergraduate history majors.

College/University Location Institution Type Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
Columbia University New York, NY Private not-for-profit, 4-year $53,000
Harvard University Cambridge, MA Private not-for-profit, 4-year $45,278
Princeton University Princeton, NJ Private not-for-profit, 4-year $43,450
Stanford University Stanford, CA Private not-for-profit, 4-year $46,320
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA Public, 4-year $13,431 (in-state), $38,139 (out-of-state)
University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Public, 4-year $12,763 (in-state), $37,471 (out-of-state)
University of Chicago Chicago, IL Private not-for-profit, 4-year $51,351
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI Public, 4-year $13,856 (in-state), $43,376 (out-of-state)
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Private not-for-profit, 4-year $49,536
Yale University New Haven, CT Private not-for-profit, 4-year $47,600

*Sources: NCES

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  • American History
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  • Classical Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
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  • Historic Preservation
  • History of Science and Technology
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  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Museum Studies
  • Public History and Archival Administration

College Selection Criteria

Depending on the school, 4-year bachelor's programs in history can include many specialties, such as the history of gender, European history, modern world history and Asian history. Important considerations include the following:

  • Students should think about a particular specialty that interests them and choose a school offering such a program.
  • Many history programs require some type of externship or travel experience, and students should consider whether those travel options align with their academic interests.
  • Students may want to consider online program options, including hybrid programs, particularly students who need scheduling flexibility due to work or family commitments.

Bachelor of Arts in History

Most history majors choose either a country or continent on which to focus their studies. Some of the more common choices include countries such as the United States, Africa, China, Japan, and Mexico. History majors take courses that discuss differing cultures, important periods of history and government actions. They also take examinations and write in-depth papers on topics that demonstrate their understanding of a specialty.

When it comes to selecting a history program, students should make sure that their interests (gender history, Asian history, modern World history, etc.) align with the specialties offered at different schools. Students should also consider whether these programs offer study-abroad and online program options.

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