The History major at Syracuse University challenges you to develop your writing and research skills so that you may better understand the past and face the future. The program’s award-winning faculty teach a wide range of classes focused on fascinating times and places, and on topics society continually wrestles with, such as violence, political power, and religion.

Students enrolled in the History major learn important skills that employers value, including how to do independent research and critically evaluate information. Graduates of the program leave prepared for jobs in law, business, politics, media and journalism, publishing, teaching, the non-profit sector, museums and archives, and even professional sports.

Sample Courses

Core coursework focuses on cultural studies, research methods, and global history. Sample courses include:

  • The City in Architectural History
  • Food in History
  • Modern Europe: Napoleon to the Present
  • American History
  • The Ancient World
  • Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Practical Experience

The History major is supplemented by real-world learning opportunities available to enrolled students.

  • Contribute to Chronos, the SU History journal.
  • Become a member of Phi Alpha Theta — the international honor society for students of history.
  • Enrich your learning and networking experiences as a Renée Crowne University Honors student.
  • Participate in research with award-winning faculty members as they contribute their expertise to the field.

Study Abroad

Ranked among the top international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad is a significant part of the SU experience. With over 100 programs in 60 countries, nearly half of all students go abroad during their time at Syracuse. History students have gone abroad in Hong Kong, Madrid, and Strasbourg, France.

Life after Syracuse University

With a degree in History you can explore such careers as:

  • Archivist
  • Curator
  • History Professor
  • Diplomat
  • Historian
  • Librarian

Or, earn a graduate level degree in the areas of law, education, business, or political science.

Learn more about History.