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.

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. 

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 & Gender Studies, or Digital Filmmaking. Faculty mentors will guide your growth through opportunities to travel abroad, conduct historical research, and professional internships.

“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

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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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