What is History?

As a History major, you’ll learn the skills to understand the past, connect its relationship to the present, and confront some of the greatest challenges of our time. Through your classes, you’ll master critical thinking, research, and writing skills. Your coursework will also include an original independent historical research project. By the time you complete this project, you’ll have the ability to contextualize complex problems, assemble and analyze data, assess competing arguments, and offer new interpretations of—and solutions to—problems old and new. This major also offers a Secondary Education option for the teaching of Social Studies in high schools.

Career Options

  • Business
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Government
  • Health care
  • Law
  • Media
  • Museum work
  • Nonprofit work
  • Publishing
  • Technology

Post-Graduation Success1

81% employed or continuing education

56% employed after graduation

24% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$39,033 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Western Springs School District #101, McClure Junior High School, West Northfield School District #31, University of Illinois Police Department

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry, University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy Studies

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

26 - 31 ACT Score

1220 - 1440 SAT Score

3.24 - 3.78 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390


  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872


  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246