History Major

As a history major at Truman, you pursue the wondrous complexities of the past while acquiring the skills and insight necessary to prepare for an exciting and fulfilling future. Our rigorous academic program stresses critical thinking, analytical reading, problem solving, careful research, and effective writing and communication. You can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in history, and Truman also offers a minor in history.

Innovative Curriculum and Exceptional Faculty

Our curriculum, taught by dynamic, award-winning teachers and internationally acclaimed scholars, offers you the opportunity to investigate broadly and deeply. Our World History courses introduce you to the fascinating and complex interactions of vastly diverse peoples, but also tease out the themes and issues that draw emerging civilizations toward the global present. Through a close examination of U.S. history, you will discover both the debates within and professional approaches to the profession. Our more geographically and topically focused classes encourage you to dig deeply into the nuanced detail of specific cultures, peoples, and times.

Small Classes and Camaraderie

At Truman, small classes foster interpersonal relationships among a supportive community of learners where you collaborate with other bright, ambitious students. Your professors get to know you on a one-on-one basis and take a genuine interest in your success. The Historical Society and Phi Alpha Theta are vibrant social organizations that are also engaged in various service projects.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Research is essential to the study of history, and at Truman you choose the topic for your own independent research projects pursued under the guidance of Truman’s outstanding history faculty. As you study the past, picture yourself exploring other cultures through study abroad in places like Greece, Africa, and Ireland. You can further enhance your experience at Truman through internship opportunities, including our Judicial Archives Project or the Truman Library Summer Internship in Independence, Missouri.

Our Graduates Succeed

Our graduates are global thinkers, well prepared with agile, critical minds adapted to problem solving in the twenty-first century world. Over half of our graduates attend graduate or professional school, including our own Master of Arts in Education program. Those who choose to enter the workforce find careers across the spectrum, from innovative research and communication businesses to government service and the Peace Corps.

View a sample course schedule or sample course schedule for transfer students.

Student Opportunities