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The discipline of history is central to the liberal arts and a defining feature of the Jesuit intellectual tradition. Historical study at SLU grounds students in research, critical thinking, and communication skills and enhances their cultural awareness. 

The History Department now features a 3 + 3 accelerated pathway to law school, allowing qualified students to complete their B.A. as a History major and a J.D. from SLU Law in 6 years rather than 7.

Major in History

SLU history students design their own course of study, allowing you to delve into the areas that interest you most, including the history of health and disease, religious history, women's history, African-American history, urban history and environmental history.

You'll have access to SLU's museums, the Saint Louis University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Center for Intercultural Studies, all of which are on campus. SLU'sDepartment of History offers a variety of internships. Students have the opportunity to work with museums and other historical organizations, most of which are eligible for course credit.

This training has enabled hundreds of SLU history majors and minors to move into and achieve success in rewarding professional fields, such as business, education, government and foreign service, health sciences and medicine, journalism, law, and library and museum science. 

History majors at SLU are encouraged to explore minors and tracks to round out their undergraduate experience. Possibilities include African-American studies, international studies, medical humanities, medieval studies, pre-law, Russian and Eastern European studies, or women's and gender studies.

Majors take 36 hours of credits. HIST 1110, HIST 1120, and HIST 2800 (The Historian’s Craft) are required. Beyond that, students take four courses organized geographically: one in European history, two in U.S. history, and one in world (non-European and non-U.S.) history. Four additional courses, in any area of the student's interest, are also required. A final, capstone research seminar (HIST 4900/4910/4920) completes the major.


Highlighted Courses

Students who major in history must complete 36 credit hours of history courses. All students must complete “HIST 1110-1115: Origins of the Modern World to 1500” and “HIST 1120-1125: Origins of the Modern World since 1500,” as well as “HIST 2800: The Historian’s Craft.”

Students must also complete 27 credit hours of upper-division history courses. These courses must include:

  • Three credit hours of European history
  • Three credit hours of pre-1865 U.S. history
  • Three credit hours of post-1865 U.S. history
  • Three credit hours of non-Western history, including Asian, African, Middle Eastern or Latin American
  • 12 credit hours of upper-level electives
  • Three credit hours of a senior seminar

Some students also opt to write an honors thesis.

Internships and Careers

SLU’s Department of History offers a variety of internships with museums and other historical organizations, most of which are eligible for course credit. Internship opportunities in the St. Louis area include:

  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
  • Holocaust Museum
  • Jefferson Barracks
  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Archives
  • Lincoln Home and National Historic Site
  • Midwest Jesuit Archives
  • Missouri History Museum
  • National Archives Records Center
  • Saint Louis University Museum of Art
  • Scott Joplin House
  • Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

The Department of History is an active community of 22 diverse, internationally recognized scholars. Every professor is engaged in original research and dedicated to sharing it with our students. The strong research culture of the department is reflected in its volume of scholarly publications.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Minor in History

Students who minor in history at SLU must complete 21 hours of history courses, including 15 hours of upper-division courses.

Undergraduate Research

Browse SLU's Special Collections

SLU 's home to tens of thousands medieval and early modern manuscripts, as well as more than 4,000 pre-1800 books, in its Vatican Film Library and the Pius XII Memorial Library Special Collections.

Undergraduate history students at SLU have opportunities to carry out research locally with the Midwest Jesuit Archives, the Missouri Historical Society and the Mercantile Library. There is also travel funding available to support undergraduate research in regional archives and libraries.