The History Major at University of Southern California offers students a means to encounter the peoples and cultures of the past and develop critical thinking, research, and writing skills essential for understanding the present. The program exposes students to underlying connections between the study of past times and places and the roots of that study in human concerns about values, identities, issues, and policies.
In their lower-division courses, majors will have the opportunity to explore the histories of different cultures across time. Students at the upper-division level tailor their studies to a thematic, temporal, or geographic concentration in line with their own interests. While working in their concentration and across the major, students have an opportunity to reflect both on what historians do and how and why they do it.
The History Major at USC helps students both to explore the entirety of the human past and to shape a major that has personal and academic meaning.
History majors will demonstrate:
- Skill in evaluating individuals, societies, organizations, cultures, and cultural expressions on their own terms across time and space.
- Skill in reading texts, images, and artifacts.
- Ability to research and to evaluate evidence in historical context.
- Skill in critical thinking and expository writing based on logic and evidence.
- An understanding of how the knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired from historical studies make it possible to negotiate the contemporary world.
- Preparation for a wide variety of professions and post-graduate programs and professional schools.
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Possible areas of concentration include:
- Thematic interests tracing themes such as cultural history, history and law, history of science and medicine, urban history, colonialism, gender, race, or class. For a list of courses that fulfill previous thematic concentrations.
- Temporal concentrations. Students can study a single period such as the Middle Ages or the Early Modern World (1450-1800).
- Geographic Concentrations. History majors can choose areas such as Europe, Asia and Eurasia, the Americas, or even comparative histories.
- Interdisciplinary Concentrations. Concentrations combining different fields, such as History and Art History or History and international Relations, will also be considered.
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Official Test Scores
- Transcripts: First-year applicants should submit official transcripts of all high school and college coursework completed.
- Letter(s) of Recommendation: One letter is required from either your school counselor or a teacher from your school. Applicants to the School of Cinematic Arts must submit three letters of recommendation.
- Portfolio, resumé and/or additional writing samples: if required by major. Performance majors may also require auditions. Refer to the Additional Application Requirements section, below, for more information.
- Submit your fall grades (when available)
International57256 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 57256 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
National57256 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 57256 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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