A BA in history exposes you to the breadth of human experience. It's a pursuit of knowledge that combines the thrill of discovery with deep critical thinking, all while emphasizing hands-on experience. We offer opportunities to explore multiple geographical regions and chronological periods, with the ability to focus on those that align with your interests and passions. Our small class sizes encourage lively discussion and enable you to work closely with faculty. With resources at your fingertips, you're empowered to present original research by your senior year. 

History majors acquire a wide range of highly relevant skills—such as analytical writing, critical thinking, evidence examination and interpretation—that prepare you for a variety of careers. Many of our history grads hold positions in business, law, museums, education, nonprofit research and as graduate candidates.

What Sets Us Apart

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    You'll learn directly from professors, who are experts in a range of subject matter.

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    Small class sizes allow you to participate in the discussion and remain engaged, rather than just listening to lectures.

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    You'll learn skills applicable for a career in law, business, education, journalism and many other fields.

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    You can combine a major in history with a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from DU's Morgridge College of Education, all in just five years.

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    Many of our students go on to top graduate schools in history or fields related to history, such as historical sociology, museum studies or international studies.

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Degree Requirements

  • To major in History, students will need to complete 44 credits. These include courses in Asian, European, American, Latin American, Middle Eastern and Pre-Modern histories. 
  • Distinction in the major includes completing an honors thesis and participating in an oral defense exam. 
  • The secondary major is 44 credit hours. 
  • The minor is 20 credit hours, eight of which must be upper division courses. 

See the DU Undergraduate Bulletin for full course requirements. 


Equip yourself with knowledge gained from thousands of years of human experience.

See what you'll gain from our focused and relevant coursework in History. 

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