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Humanities

History

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The past is our world. History is our craft.

The study of history uncovers the voices of the past and explains their relevance in today’s world. A thorough knowledge of history helps us understand perspectives from different people, from different places, and different times.

History majors develop unique skills that are vital to engaged citizenship, and to a variety of professions. Many go on to successful careers in law, business, education, social services, filmmaking, and the arts. And as you grow your career as a consultant on a historical TV drama, a reporter for an academic journal, a museum educator, a writer, and many more possibilities, you'll blaze a trail and gain a reputation as a creative thinker and innovative researcher.

When you’re studying history here, you’re surrounded by it—from Revolutionary War battlefields to the country’s oldest African American church, to one of the first feminist publishers. Our Cambridge, MA location also connects you to competitive internships in elite educational settings, museums, and cultural organizations like the New England Historical and Genealogical Society, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Artscope Magazine, Candlewick Press, and more.

As a Lesley University history major, you’ll enjoy small, discussion-based classes that allow you to focus on your interests. Your courses will integrate film, art, culture, and travel, and you can easily pair your major with minors like Africana Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, or Digital Filmmaking. Faculty mentors will guide your growth through opportunities to travel abroad, conduct historical research, and professional internships.

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“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
Students Visit Museum of African American History

Professor Cruz's Class Visits Museum of African American History

Students from Professor Tatiana Cruz’s African American History class saw “history come alive” with a visit to the Museum of African American History in Beacon Hill, Boston.

First students had a debate on the politics of the abolitionist movement. They were organized into two debate teams, with some arguing that politics was the most useful strategy for abolitionists to end slavery and others arguing that the best strategy was a moral argument. It was amazing to see students having the debate in the African Meeting House - where these discussions actually happened! The Meeting House was built in 1806 and was the heart of Boston’s vibrant 19th century free black community. It hosted the founding of the New England Anti-Slavery Society by William Lloyd Garrison in 1832 and would continue to feature prominent speakers on the issues for decades.

Students View Frederick Douglass Exhibit
Student View Exhibit

Then, we went on a guided tour of the museum which currently features an exhibit called “Picturing Frederick Douglass.” Douglass loved photography and sat for more portraits than any other American of the 19th century. We learned about how he used photography as a tool for reform in a deliberate effort to “elevate the image of the African American in contradiction to demeaning and inhumane depictions of black life often seen in the 19th century.” Students loved seeing images of Douglass that were previously unpublished and forgotten for decades and learning about all the intimate details of his life and political career.

Overall, the students learned a lot on the trip and it informed their first essay which examined how two black abolitionists, Frederick Douglass and David Walker, used their freedom and platform to advocate for the freedom of others. Students could use the abolitionist debate and museum exhibit to inform their primary source analysis comparing Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” and Walker’s “Appeal.”

Craft Creative Combinations
As a History major, you can pursue a second major or one of our 45+ minors—in art & design or a liberal arts subject—to expand your career opportunities.

Forge your own path with a creative combination:
Gain Skills and Expertise
Here's a taste of what you'll do in our history program:
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Small College, Big University

Within the dynamic environment of a larger university, you'll receive the personalized education of a small liberal arts college of 1,400 students. You'll receive hands-on attention from our specialized faculty, who will share their passion and expertise in everything from African American history to women's and gender studies, poetry, and more.

$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.
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Cambridge is our campus. Boston is our neighbor.

Whether you're studying history, Spanish, or another humanities major at Lesley, you'll take classes on our three beautiful Cambridge campuses. You'll explore passions to then weave into your career, whether through art classes in our $48 million Lunder Arts Center or science explorations in our state-of-the-art lab. You'll discover the Cambridge and Boston area—a dynamic hub of internships, professional opportunity, service work, culture, and fun few other cities can match.

Faculty

Approximate cost, before financial aid, for 1 year of study 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
    $14,600
    Spring Tuition
    $14,600
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $10,060
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,570
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total cost before financial aid
Estimated Cost

Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

It’s our goal at Lesley to break down financial barriers so that students who want to learn here, can learn here. That’s why we offer generous, customized aid packages for students based on their individual needs. In fact, in the fall of 2019, 98% of incoming Lesley students received some level of financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Tuition & Fees

Other fees may apply. 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
    $14,600
    Spring Tuition
    $14,600
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $10,060
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,570
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total cost before financial aid
Estimated Cost

Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

It’s our goal at Lesley to break down financial barriers so that students who want to learn here, can learn here. That’s why we offer generous, customized aid packages for students based on their individual needs. In fact, in the fall of 2019, 98% of incoming Lesley students received some level of financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Tuition & Fees

Other fees may apply. 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, before financial aid, for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2020-2021 academic year.
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