Top History Colleges

As a history major, you’ll gain a deep understanding of the modern world through the study of individual actions and societal shifts over time. You may choose from among a host of specialty areas including: African American History, Legal History, Gender History, Economic History, European History, American History, and World History.

Earning a degree in history will prepare students for careers in a wide array of careers including law (with further study), technical writing, teaching at the secondary level, public relations, advertising, government, and business as well as a number of other diverse vocational tracks.

What do you need to make it in a History program?

History majors need to possess strong research, writing, and analytical abilities. The ability to read large quantities of complex text and organize, compose, and orally communicate your thoughts will be developed over the course of your academic program.

Your History College Checklist:

  • Do they offer my particular concentration or area of interest within the history field?
  • How many students are in each class?
  • Do professors allow undergraduates to assist them with research projects?
  • What type of guest speakers in the history field appear on campus?
  • Is a senior thesis/research project required?
  • For those who wish to enter academia, how do graduate programs in history view your prospective undergraduate institution?

The Top History Colleges & Universities

While history is a major that can lead to a myriad of employment opportunities, those that wish to stay within academia will find a highly competitive environment. Schools that are held in particularly high regard by professionals, employers and students include Yale, Boston College, and Colgate University. For a complete list of College Transitions Top History Colleges and Universities, click here.

*College lists are compiled on the basis of counselor interviews, guide books, exhaustive internet searches (of college and departmental websites), and data provided by The College Board and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).


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