Department of History

Why Study History at Rice University?

Skills: Students of history acquire transferable and highly marketable skills in communication, writing and research, analysis and organization of ideas. They learn to use evidence to develop interpretive skills and a broad perspective.

Great classes: The Department of History at Rice is among the largest of the departments in the humanities. We offer an exciting range of undergraduate classes that explore the human experience from ancient Rome and medieval Central Asia to the Indian Ocean and the Middle East, from colonial Brazil to modern China, Mexico, the American South and much more. Our award-winning faculty, celebrated for their teaching talents as well as their cutting-edge research, offers small, discussion-based classes across the undergraduate curriculum. Our emphasis is on comparative studies across time and geographic regions.

Research opportunities: Undergraduate research in history is supported through generous endowments, such as the Garside Prize and the Gruber Fund. History majors at Rice have been able to do independent research in libraries, museums and archives across the U.S. and internationally.

Independence and flexibility: History offers a major that is flexible and customizable. It is a rich and intellectually exciting major and can easily combine with a second major, such as economics, political science, pre-med and pre-law, Asian studies, public policy and many more.

Requirements for a Degree in History

A student majoring in history must take a minimum of 30 semester hours (10 courses) in history, of which 18 semester hours (six courses) must be on the advanced level (300 or 400).

Majors take at least one course in four of the following five fields:

Major: History

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