History is critical to understanding people and places, societies and cultures, ideas and events in the past. We offer undergraduate and graduate degree options that combine the personal attention of a liberal arts college with the scholarship of a research institution.

Analyze the Human Past

  • Through researching, writing, archiving and curating, history students contribute to the community beyond the classroom.
  • The study of history prepares students for careers in a variety of fields, including business, government, education, law, journalism, nonprofits, publishing and public service.
    Our faculty are expertly trained, widely published, internationally recognized scholars and teachers who are accessible to students and enthusiastic about teaching the craft of history.
  • Our ratio of students to teachers fosters opportunities for the exchange of ideas and individualized attention, enhancing student performance and proficiencies while contributing to student engagement.
  • With its many museums, archives, historical sites, libraries, and industries, Kansas City provides our students numerous and varied internship and employment opportunities. 
  • We take a diverse approach to teaching. 
    • Traditional and interdisciplinary scholarship
    • Academic, digital and public history
    • Oral history and collaborative authorship
    • In-person and online courses
    • Internship opportunities
  • We offer a bachelor's degree and a minor for undergraduate students.
  • Our department has a robust master's degree program with the option to pursue a Public History emphasis.
  • We also participate in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in conjunction with the School of Graduate Studies.

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Careers Paths for History Majors