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History at Duke University

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

Duke is located in Durham, North Carolina and approximately 16,172 students attend the school each year. In 2021, 46 history majors received their bachelor's degree from Duke.

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

Duke History Degrees Available

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

Duke History Rankings

Each year, College Factual ranks history programs across the country. The following shows how Duke performed in these rankings.

Note: Although rankings can help you see some information about a school, it's not a good idea to depend on them alone. Be sure to check out other things about the school before making your decision to attend.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The history major at Duke 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
Best History Master’s Degree Schools 5
Most Focused History Master’s Degree Schools 249

In 2021, 5 students received their master’s degree in history from Duke. This makes it the #181 most popular school for history master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 10 students who received their doctoral degrees in history, making the school the #22 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

History Student Demographics at Duke

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

Duke History Bachelor’s Program

59% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 46 students who earned a bachelor's degree in History from Duke in 2020-2021, 41% were men and 59% were women. The typical history bachelor's degree program is made up of only 43% women. So female students are more repesented at Duke since its program graduates 16% more women than average.


Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 12% more racial-ethnic minorities in its history bachelor's program than the national average.*

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 4
Black or African American 4
Hispanic or Latino 8
White 23
International Students 5
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

Duke History Master’s Program

40% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
During the 2020-2021 academic year, 5 students graduated with a master's degree in history from Duke. About 60% were men and 40% were women.


In the history master's program at this school, racial-ethnic minorities make up 60% of degree recipients. That is 32% better than the national average.*

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 0
Black or African American 3
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 2
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

Duke also has a doctoral program available in history. In 2021, 10 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Concentrations Within History

History majors may want to concentrate their studies in one of these areas. The table shows all degrees awarded in this field awarded for all degree levels at Duke University. A concentration may not be available for your level.

Concentration Annual Degrees Awarded
History 61

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 NC, the home state for Duke University.

Occupation Jobs in NC Average Salary in NC
High School Teachers 25,240 $47,580
Managers 11,990 $121,500
History Professors 770 $72,800
Curators 590 $47,200
Museum Technicians and Conservators 210 $40,850


*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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