College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is History?

As a History major, you’ll learn the skills to understand the past, connect it 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. You’ll consider complex problems, analyze data, and offer new interpretations. 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

84% employed or continuing education

55% employed after graduation

28% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$41,546 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Unity High School, The News-Gazette View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.9 years to degree

93% first-year retention rate

75% four-year graduation rate

79% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770