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Degrees in History at SLU

Undergraduate History Experience

The faculty in the Saint Louis University Department of History have designed a curriculum that ensures you graduate from Saint Louis University with the best liberal arts education available.

At the introductory level, our focus is on teaching you how to identify sources-from texts to archaeological artifacts to quantitative data-and how to ask critical questions of them to open the past up in all its relevant contexts.

As you dive more deeply into our courses, we want you to use evidence effectively to track change over time, demonstrate causation, and illustrate complexity and contingence in historical episodes.

Our upper-division courses not only introduce you to gripping historical topics, but they also equip you to engage with scholarship by articulating biases, theories, assumptions, and the qualities of good and bad arguments.  Under the guidance of real experts who have worked in these fields, you will learn how to collaborate and incorporate feedback and comments form professors and peers, all while practicing the craft of writing.

Finally, history students complete their studies by designing a substantial research project of their own choosing.  You'll work closely in cooperation with a faculty mentor. You will learn to connect your individual projects to debates within the larger field and communicate your research and interpretation in a seminar paper and oral presentation.

Graduate Program in History

The graduate program in history at Saint Louis University is one of the oldest in the country, granting its first Ph.D. in 1919. Today we continue that tradition of excellence by training students in a variety of historical fields.

We are a U.S. News & World Report Top 100 history doctoral program. The reputation of our program is based, above all, on the strength of our faculty, whose research and publications have won national and international recognition.

Ph.D. programs are offered in three specialization areas: medieval European history, early modern European history and United States history. M.A. programs are also available in these three areas as well as modern European history and world history.

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