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History at Vanderbilt University

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

Vanderbilt is located in Nashville, Tennessee and approximately 13,537 students attend the school each year. In the 2020-2021 academic year, 62 students received a bachelor's degree in history from Vanderbilt.

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

Vanderbilt History Degrees Available

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

Vanderbilt History Rankings

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

Note: Rankings don't always give a complete picture of a school's strengths and weaknesses, so it's a good idea to extend your research and also look at other factors when trying to decide if the school is right for you.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The history major at Vanderbilt 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 Schools 19

In 2021, 4 students received their master’s degree in history from Vanderbilt. This makes it the #211 most popular school for history master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 7 students who received their doctoral degrees in history, making the school the #31 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

History Student Demographics at Vanderbilt

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

Vanderbilt History Bachelor’s Program

29% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 62 students who earned a bachelor's degree in History from Vanderbilt in 2020-2021, 71% were men and 29% were women.


About 69% of those who receive a bachelor's degree in history at Vanderbilt are white. This is typical for this degree on the nationwide level.

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 1
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 7
White 43
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 9

Vanderbilt History Master’s Program

50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
During the 2020-2021 academic year, 4 history majors earned their master's degree from Vanderbilt. Of these graduates, 100% were men and 0% were women.


In the history master's program at this school, racial-ethnic minorities make up 50% of degree recipients. That is 22% better than the national average.*

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

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

Vanderbilt also has a doctoral program available in history. In 2021, 7 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 Vanderbilt University. A concentration may not be available for your level.

Concentration Annual Degrees Awarded
History 73

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 TN, the home state for Vanderbilt University.

Occupation Jobs in TN Average Salary in TN
High School Teachers 20,190 $53,620
Managers 14,480 $83,010
History Professors 500 $73,040
Curators 170 $49,920
Museum Technicians and Conservators 130 $43,940


*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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