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As a history major at Truman, you pursue the wondrous complexities of the past while acquiring the skills and insight necessary to access societal challenges and propose solutions. With our rigorous academic program, you develop valuable skills: 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 World History courses introduce you to the fascinating and complex interactions of vastly diverse peoples and 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.

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Small Classes and Camaraderie

Our 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 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.

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Our Graduates Succeed

Our graduates are global thinkers with agile, critical minds adapted to problem-solving and an ability to speak intelligently about the past — vital skills today. As a history major, you pursue community, camaraderie, social connection and a path to what’s next. Many of our graduates attend graduate or professional school, including Truman’s own Master of Arts in Education program. Those who enter the workforce find careers across the spectrum, from innovative research and communication businesses to government service and the Peace Corps.

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Library staff and faculty rock!!Library staff and faculty rock!!

May 27, 2020

A huge shout out from the History department faculty to our fabulous librarians in Pickler Memorial. They do terrific work every day, but went above and beyond during the spring 2020 semester!!

Dr Jason McDonald in KCPT Flatland

April 10, 2020

Jason McDonald, Assistant Professor of History, was recently interviewed by Flatland, the digital magazine of Kansas City Public Television (KCPT). The interview features in “The Gene: A Brief History of Eugenics in the Heartland,” which accompanies KCPT’s airing of Ken Burn’s documentary The Gene: An Intimate History.

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