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Programs in History

Embark on the systematic study of the human past to attain crucial knowledge that benefits our future.

Exposing you to a range of historical issues and problems, our programs promote an appreciation of the complexity of human affairs and their interpretation. From comprehensive study of historical materials to extensive research, our curriculum encourages a comparative approach to learning – focusing on ancient, modern, and non-Western history.

In close-knit teams and under the guidance of our expert faculty, you will choose from an innovative list of specialized and thematic courses within a geographical area of your interest. Challenging your intellect and further developing critical thinking and imagination, our Williams A. Settle and the Bessie McAlpine Sullins awards are given out to TU’s outstanding history majors every year.

92% Success Rate for History Graduates

$63K+ Annual Median Pay For Historians

9:1 Student-Faculty Ratio

#1 National Merit Scholars

Professional Opportunities

history students studying in the library

Our history programs provide valuable background for graduates considering careers in law, journalism, library and museum work, education, and public services. Students of history are essential wherever knowledge of domestic and foreign affairs is required and serve as key contributors to government agencies, museums, archives, historical societies, research organizations, nonprofits, and consulting firms. TU alumni find fulfilling careers with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sotheby’s Auction House, the U.S. Department of Justice, and more. 

Job opportunities:

  • Law 
  • Journalism
  • Library and museum work 
  • Education
  • Local, state, national, and international public service

Beyond the Classroom

    • Set the stage for lifelong learning and success.

      Learning is an individualized journey that extends far beyond a major or the walls of a classroom. TU’s Office of Integrative and Experiential Learning (OIEL) provides opportunities for scholars to enliven their studies through global education, research, scholarship, and interdisciplinary programs. Our real-world academic enrichment opportunities are designed to challenge students and enhance their personal and professional educational experience.


    • Make your TU experience as rich and diverse as you like.

      TU students have abundant opportunities to get involved with clubs and organizations to develop new skills, meet new friends, and make lifetime memories. From international clubs, music groups, and intramural sports to Greek life, student government, and on-campus leadership, there’s truly something for everyone at TU. Our multi-faceted extracurricular options perfectly complement our multidisciplinary academic approach.


    • Be the change you want to see.

      TU encourages students to give back to the community and see societal problems through a different lens. In considering issues ranging from low-income to racial biases, students analyze the intricacies of cyclical social issues to gain broader perspectives and insights, which they can share with others and act on in the community.


    • Pursue success with confidence — backed by TU’s job placement guarantee.

      TU is committed to our students’ professional success, which is why our Center for Career Development, aka CaneCareers, offers a job placement guarantee program. We promise that students who follow the program will land an entry-level job in their chosen field or continue their education within six months of graduation, or we’ll give them a free semester of grad school.


    Learn more about the department

    The study of the past challenges the intellect, builds the imagination and encourages critical thinking. Students will earn a history degree with us and learn to comprehend the human condition and to acquire the tools to live a more worthwhile life.

    Department of History