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.
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 Masters 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.
Dr. Shannon Fogg, associate professor of history at Missouri University of Science and Technology, delivered the 2013 Barbara Early-Vreeland Lecture on March 26. Her lecture was entitled “Stealing Home: The Looting of Jewish Apartments in Paris During the Second World War.” Dr. Fogg is an authority on life in Vichy France. Cambridge University Press published […] Read More
Huping Ling, professor of history, was honored with the distinguished Changjiang Scholar Chair Professorship by the Central China Normal University, May 7. Huping Ling accepts a certificate recognizing her professorship from He Xianglin, the Party Secretary General of the CCNU. The New Changjiang Scholar Program, which began in 2012, is funded and administered by the […] Read More