Humanities

History

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Know the past to understand the present.

Do you binge watch the History Channel? Fantasize about time travel? You clearly have the makings of a history major.

Because history is such a wide-ranging field, you can follow your passions into whatever corners of the past interest you most. 20th-century Mexico. Medieval France. Revolutionary America. You’ll understand historic events and draw important lessons for today.

As a history major, you’ll start with a broad overview and then dive deep into American, European, or World History. Our small class sizes enable discussions and debate, meaning you’ll be empowered to voice your opinion and offer your perspective. Your professors will mentor you and guide your growth. As you near the end of your program, you’ll tackle a historical question and produce a piece of original research.

While studying at Lesley, you’ll be surrounded by history, from the nation’s oldest university to the Revolutionary War battle sites at Lexington and Concord. Our location in Cambridge connects you to competitive internships and opens doors to careers in elite educational settings, museums, and cultural organizations in the U.S. and abroad.

“I have always been a humanities student at heart. I believe that those who fail to learn from history are destined to repeat it.”
Ian Adler ’16, History Major
Gain Skills and Expertise
Here's a taste of what you'll do in our history program:
$48,952
Average salary for professionals with degrees in history in New England.
With a wide range of career options and average salaries of over $45,000 per year, graduates from history programs enjoy excellent employment opportunities in the Greater Boston area and beyond. From teaching to research, journalism, and more, the program will prepare you for important work across a range of industries. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
Internships
Where You'll Intern
You'll have the opportunity to gain practical experience before graduation, with at least two internships in places like:
Careers
Where You'll Go Next
Alumni go on to rewarding jobs in a variety of fields, and often pursue graduate study to enhance their careers.

Faculty

Approximate cost for 1 year of attendance in this undergraduate program.
History
Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $13,800
    Spring Tuition
    $13,800
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
Presidential Scholarship
$10,500
​Linda Dacey Scholarship
$2,000
Dean’s Scholarship
$9,500
Edith Lesley Wolfard Scholarship
$1,000
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500
Lesley Grant Award
$5,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $13,800
    Spring Tuition
    $13,800
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
Presidential Scholarship
$10,500
Transfer Scholarship
$9,500
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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Approximate cost for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2018–2019 academic year.
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