History Quick Facts

  • Degrees offered: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
  • Major offered: History
  • Minor offered: History
  • Approximate number of students pursuing this major: 181
  • Approximate number of students pursuing this minor: 39
  • Majors engaged in research: 100%
  • Full-time faculty members: 11
  • Part-time faculty members: 3
  • Faculty members who have a terminal degree in the field: 92%
  • Departmental student organizations: Historical Society and Phi Alpha Theta (Nu Chi Chapter)


  • Join our numerable History faculty in the exploration of the human experience.
  • They come from a variety of places including Sierra Leone, Canada, Great Britain, and Sweden.
  • With their diverse backgrounds, and various specialty areas completely different than the rest, when it comes time to conduct your research you will have a number of professors with a vast amount of knowledge at your fingertips.

Student Organizations

  • Phi Alpha Theta: Strive to join the History honors fraternity. Students are invited once they become eligible.
  • The Historical Society: Mix both the present and past with service events, fun activities and celebrations of national and international history. The Historical Society is open to all students, including students who are not History majors.
  • For more information, contact Dr. Kathryn Brammall (brammall@truman.edu).

Study Abroad

  • Participate in a History faculty-led study abroad program. Previous trips include:
    • “Sacred Sites in Greece”
    • “Sweet Power: Sugar, Empires, and Slaves in the Caribbean”
    • “The Art of History” in Italy and Germany
  • Truman grants you access to over 500 study abroad opportunities in more than 60 countries.
  • Monetary assistance is available, including Truman State University Foundation Scholarships.
  • Cultural loans are available for all programs.


  • Research is essential to the study of history. Choose the topic for your own independent research projects pursued under the guidance of Truman’s outstanding History faculty.
  • Explore other cultures through study abroad in places like Greece, Africa, and Ireland.
  • Examine the questions that intrigue you. Here are examples of previous research projects completed by History students:
    • “Sudden Death: An Examination of Previous Historical Theories Regarding the Collapse of the Classic Maya”
    • “The French Experience in the California Gold Rush”
    • “Gettysburg: Critical Event of the Civil War’s Most Pivotal Engagement”
    • “Witches for the Prosecution: The Judiciary’s Role in Developing the Cumulative Concept of Witchcraft”


  • Explore connections between what you learn in class and hands-on experience. The practical skills gained through an internship give you an important edge. Use your knowledge to compete for professional employment and admission to graduate and professional schools.
  • Some of the most popular internship opportunities for History majors include:
  • Judicial Archives Project
  • Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum and Library Internship
  • National WWI Museum (Kansas City)
  • For more information, contact Dr. Jason McDonald (jasonmcd@truman.edu)

After the Degree

  • Truman graduates have recently landed jobs with:
    • Boeing
    • George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
    • Illinois Student Assistance Commission
    • Milwaukee Film Festival
    • Monsanto
    • New York Legal Aid
    • PeaceCorps
    • Rockhurst University
    • Teach for America
    • World Chess Hall of Fame
  • Receive excellent preparation for graduate school. More than half of History majors attend graduate and professional schools after graduating from Truman. Follow alumni to schools like:
    • St. Andrew’s University
    • St. Louis University Law School
    • Texas A&M
    • University College London
    • University of Illinois
    • University of Kentucky
    • University of Texas-Austin
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Mason Bracken '17 grad

In all the classes I have taken in the department, I have spoken with professors easily outside of the classroom, and they consistently offer plenty of help on coursework and take a genuine interest my personal and professional development. The professors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have diverse academic interests, so the department offers a lot of different content and perspectives.

Mason B., History Major