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.
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.
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.
March 23, 2020
Students Ben Smythe (MAE history), Alexandra Miller (BA history) and Tucker Broadbooks (BA history) represented Truman at the Missouri Conference on History in St. Louis, March 12, by participating in a panel entitled “New Perspectives on the Presidency of Harry Truman.” The panel was chaired by Jason McDonald, assistant professor of history. Smythe presented a paper entitled “Defying Defeat: Harry Truman and the […]