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History at Brown University

If you plan to study history, take a look at what Brown University has to offer and decide if the program is a good match for you. Get started with the following essential facts.

Brown is located in Providence, Rhode Island and has a total student population of 9,948. In 2021, 68 history majors received their bachelor's degree from Brown.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in History section at the bottom of this page.

Brown History Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in History
  • Master’s Degree in History
  • Doctorate Degree in History

Brown History Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the history progam at Brown compares to programs at other colleges and universities.

Note: While rankings may be a good starting point when you're researching a school, they don't necessarily highlight all of a school's strengths. Don't forget to check out the other details that are available for a school to see if it has what you're looking for in a program.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The history major at Brown is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for History. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Ranking Type Rank
Most Popular History Doctor’s Degree Schools 46
Best Value History Doctor’s Degree Schools 54
Best Value History Schools 185

In 2021, 18 students received their master’s degree in history from Brown. This makes it the #27 most popular school for history master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 5 students who received their doctoral degrees in history, making the school the #47 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

History Student Demographics at Brown

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the history majors at Brown University.

Brown History Bachelor’s Program

54% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 68 history students who graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2020-2021 from Brown, about 46% were men and 54% were women. The typical history bachelor's degree program is made up of only 43% women. So female students are more repesented at Brown since its program graduates 12% more women than average.


About 57% of those who receive a bachelor's degree in history at Brown are white. This is below average for this degree on the nationwide level.

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's in history.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 5
Black or African American 5
Hispanic or Latino 6
White 39
International Students 10
Other Races/Ethnicities 3

Brown History Master’s Program

50% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
During the 2020-2021 academic year, 18 students graduated with a master's degree in history from Brown. About 50% were men and 50% were women.


In the history master's program at this school, racial-ethnic minorities make up 44% of degree recipients. That is 17% better than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Brown University with a master's in history.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 0
Black or African American 2
Hispanic or Latino 2
White 4
International Students 5
Other Races/Ethnicities 5

Brown also has a doctoral program available in history. In 2021, 5 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Concentrations Within History

If you plan to be a history major, you may want to focus your studies on one of the following concentrations. The table shows all degrees awarded in this field awarded for all degree levels at Brown University. A concentration may not be available for your level.

Concentration Annual Degrees Awarded
History 91

Careers That History Grads May Go Into

A degree in history can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for RI, the home state for Brown University.

Occupation Jobs in RI Average Salary in RI
High School Teachers 4,410 $71,440
Managers 830 $114,660
History Professors 200 $109,240
Archivists 80 $59,520
Curators 60 $63,030


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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