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History at University of Chicago

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

UChicago is located in Chicago, Illinois and approximately 17,834 students attend the school each year. In 2021, 79 history majors received their bachelor's degree from UChicago.

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

UChicago History Degrees Available

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

UChicago History Rankings

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

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 UChicago 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 Focused History Doctor’s Degree Schools 10
Best History Master’s Degree Schools 11
Best History Doctor’s Degree Schools 11
Best History Bachelor’s Degree Schools 16
Most Popular History Bachelor’s Degree Schools 61
Most Focused History Bachelor’s Degree Schools 466

In 2021, 13 students received their master’s degree in history from UChicago. This makes it the #56 most popular school for history master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 11 students who received their doctoral degrees in history, making the school the #16 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

History Student Demographics at UChicago

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

UChicago History Bachelor’s Program

49% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 79 students who graduated with a bachelor’s in history from UChicago in 2021, 51% were men and 49% were women. The typical history bachelor's degree program is made up of only 43% women. So female students are more repesented at UChicago since its program graduates 7% more women than average.


About 58% of those who receive a bachelor's degree in history at UChicago 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 University of Chicago with a bachelor's in history.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 4
Black or African American 2
Hispanic or Latino 10
White 46
International Students 11
Other Races/Ethnicities 6

UChicago History Master’s Program

62% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 13 students who graduated with a master’s in history from UChicago in 2021, 38% were men and 62% were women.


In the history master's program at this school, racial-ethnic minorities make up 38% of degree recipients. That is 11% better than the national average.*

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 4
White 5
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 1

UChicago also has a doctoral program available in history. In 2021, 11 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Concentrations Within History

The following history concentations are available at University of Chicago. The completion numbers here include all graduates who receive any type of degree in this field from University of Chicago. Some of these focus areas may not be available for your degree level.

Concentration Annual Degrees Awarded
History 103

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 University of Chicago.

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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