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History at Northwestern University

What traits are you looking for in a history school? To help you decide if Northwestern University is right for you, we've gathered the following information about the school's history program.

Northwestern is located in Evanston, Illinois and has a total student population of 22,603. Of the 2,722 students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 2021, 67 of them were history majors.

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

Northwestern History Degrees Available

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

Northwestern History Rankings

Each year, College Factual ranks history programs across the country. The following shows how Northwestern 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 Northwestern 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 Value History Master’s Degree Schools 165
Most Focused History Schools 712

In 2021, 5 students received their master’s degree in history from Northwestern. 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 Northwestern

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

Northwestern History Bachelor’s Program

52% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 67 history students who graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2020-2021 from Northwestern, about 48% were men and 52% were women. The typical history bachelor's degree program is made up of only 43% women. So female students are more repesented at Northwestern since its program graduates 9% more women than average.


About 55% of those who receive a bachelor's degree in history at Northwestern 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 Northwestern University with a bachelor's in history.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 5
Black or African American 2
Hispanic or Latino 8
White 37
International Students 10
Other Races/Ethnicities 5

Northwestern History Master’s Program

80% Women
The history program at Northwestern awarded 5 master's degrees in 2020-2021. About 20% of these degrees went to men with the other 80% going to women.


Of the students who received a history master's degree from Northwestern, 100% were white. This is above average for this degree on the natiowide level.

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

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

Northwestern also has a doctoral program available in history. In 2021, 10 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 Northwestern University. A concentration may not be available for your level.

Concentration Annual Degrees Awarded
History 82

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 IL, the home state for Northwestern University.

Occupation Jobs in IL Average Salary in IL
High School Teachers 43,720 $72,370
Museum Technicians and Conservators 940 $45,210
History Professors 780 $85,090
Curators 380 $56,420
Archivists 170 $63,200


*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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