Historians inform modern discussions about the future of science and technology, medicine and public health, politics, society, culture, gender, race, war, and diplomacy. Students majoring in history prepare for a careers in law, public policy, government, education, business, and many other fields as well as graduate studies. Students in history, acquire skills in how to research, read critically, write effectively, communicate verbally, and sharpen their sense of judgment that will serve them well now and in the future. History students have the opportunity to take honors courses, study abroad, complete internships and research projects, and learn from 36 award-winning faculty in over 156 courses.

All liberal arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to managerial success:  communicating and listening well, possessing insights into others, creative/critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to make connections across complex ideas.

Degree in 3

Motivated, driven students can complete this major in three years. Degree in 3 allows students to enter the work force or graduate school a year earlier while also providing a cost-effective way to complete an undergraduate degree. Degree in 3 offers a great combination of cost-savings and the opportunity to accelerate your future and achieve your goals.

History Website

Plan of Study

History, BA

History Honors, BA

Related Career Interests

Careers in History

  • Teacher
  • Writer
  • Museum & Archive Curator
  • Librarian
  • Attorney
  • Local and State Government
  • Federal Government
  • Politics
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Archival Management

Transfer to History

Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.

Minimum GPA: 2.2

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