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History, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The History program of Northwestern University helps students learn to think critically, read effectively, research creatively (but carefully), write cogently, and argue convincingly. 
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The History program of Northwestern University studies any region of the world in any era to understand how time and culture shape human experience, and examines how our own lives are shaped by what has come before. You work with some of Northwestern’s most dedicated professors in settings that range from small seminars to sweeping, dynamic lecture courses. And you are exposed to a broad range of analytical techniques, everything from close textual reading to logical deduction to spatial and quantitative analysis.

Program highlights

History students leave Northwestern with the best of what a liberal arts education has to offer: the solid skills necessary for most professions, the engaged and critical mindset that fosters meaningful citizenship, and the spirit of curiosity necessary for lifelong learning.

Individual reasons for studying history vary. Some people look to the past to answer moral or political questions. Others are curious about a particular topic or period they have encountered in high school classes, books, movies, or museums. Still others are driven by questions about their family's background or their own identity. All are valid reasons for studying the past.

Career paths

The career choices of recent Northwestern history majors include broadcasting, business, consulting, finance, foundation work, international relations, journalism, law, medicine, the military, museum management, philanthropy, politics, public service, publishing, research, and teaching. The liberal arts are the best training for a leadership role in life, and no discipline is more central to the liberal arts than history.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American History Focused
  • Non-Western History Focused
  • New Introductory Courses in History
  • European Civilization: Mid-18th C to Present
  • History of the United States, Reconstruction to the Present
  • History of Latin America in the Modern Period

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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