OUR STUDENTS learn about American culture wars and European total wars, the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic World, the history of science and the science of history.  They study statecraft and spycraft, magic and medicine, utopias and dystopias, slavery and revolution, imperialism and nationalism, and capitalism and its discontents.  History is, after all, as rich and diverse as the human experience, and – selecting from more than 50 classes per semester, most of which feature small-group discussions of fewer than 20 members – our students pursue interests, develop capacities, and foster relationships that last long after they leave Washington Square.

OUR MAJOR helps students make the most of their time at NYU. We offer a Mentorship Program, so every student can work closely with a faculty member.  We welcome double majors and history minors, so that our students can pair their studies with majors such as economics or politics, tracks such as pre-health or pre-law, or specializations such as area studies and foreign languages.  We enable our students to pursue their own interests, through independent studiesinternships, capstone seminars, and the honors program.  And we encourage our students to study away at any of NYU’s global sites, so they can explore, for example, imperialism in London, the Cold War in Berlin, the Renaissance in Florence, public health in Accra, or the world economy in Shanghai.

OUR GRADUATES pursue careers in law, medicine, journalism, business, government, entertainment, real estate, non-profits, and more.  A small number of majors proceed to PhD programs in the country’s finest universities, while a quarter of our graduates enter professional schools of law, medicine, or business.  But historical study prepares students for countless careers in a globalized world that values the ability to research deeply, analyze critically, write clearly, think creatively, and communicate effectively.  Small wonder, then, that NYU history graduates are today working in the following positions: 

  •          Digital Media Project Manager at HBO
  •          Global marketing project manager at Facebook
  •          News Editor at CNN International
  •          Communications Specialist at Booz Allen Hamilton
  •          Technology reporter at the Wall Street Journal
  •          Senior Director of Global Media at Electronic Arts
  •          Editor at Penguin Group USA
  •          Managing Director at JP Morgan Chase
  •          Marketer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  •          Associate Buyer at Macy’s
  •          Digital product developer at MasterCard
  •          Archival and historical consultant at the United Nations

have won more than a dozen teaching awards, as well as the most prestigious of prizes for historical writing – including multiple Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes.  History majors at NYU thus join a community of scholars and teachers that the National Research Council ranked the #7 history department in the United States – and #1 overall in the state of New York.


We hope you will spend some time exploring all that our department has to offer.  If you have any questions or would like further information, we are available at history.undergrad@nyu.edu 
– or pay us a visit on Washington Square!