Why Study History?

Our undergraduate curriculum is rooted in the idea that knowledge about the past informs how we understand ourselves and the world. Our courses allow students to put the past into action. We challenge students to think critically about the society around us and our place in it. We also prepare students interested in a wide range of careers, including law, medicine, public policy, education, and business. Students who take history courses will emerge thinking differently about the past, the present, and the future and with strong intellectual skills.


Signing of the United States Constitution


Famous History Majors!



John F. Kennedy, President of the United States

W.E.B. DuBois

W.E.B DuBois, American Author, Editor, Sociologist, Historian and Civil Rights Activist



Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose, Journalist and TV Talk Show Host

Elena kagan

Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes, Co-Founder of Facebook and Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The New Republic

Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien, Writer, Producer, Actor, and TV Show Host