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Bachelor of Arts in History

Located in a city steeped in history, UMass Lowell's History Department has a small department feel with the resources of a large research university.


  • History major Benjamin Beverage talks about his experience at UMass Lowell.

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Details about the undergraduate program are in the Academic Catalog:

The History Department also offers a minor in history. A minor in history permits a student to develop an expertise in this field without the rigorous commitment required of the major. A history minor requires a minimum of six courses; see below for details.

A concentration in History, through the Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree, permits a student to take 8 courses in History (4 at the 3000-level or above) in combination with a second concentration in another discipline. 

Why study history at UMass Lowell?

Stock image of a Vintage magnifying glass lies on an ancient world map. Photo by Andrey Armyagov

Rigorous Program

You will be trained to think and write critically about history. Preparing you for a wide array of careers including teaching, law, government service, business, medicine and research. More than half our graduates go on to graduate school.

Street view picture from 2017-2018 UMass Lowell Winter Study Abroad trip to Cuba. This traveling seminar will use the Cuban experience as a backdrop for experiential learning, along with discussions with professionals in that particular field of study, and writing assignments designed to allow students to reflect upon their experience studying and living in Cuba. Students will gain a multi-disciplinary overview of Cuban contemporary culture. and further understanding from a cultural, socio-political and historical context.

Robust Study Abroad Program

The best way to learn about history is to see it come alive whether that is traveling to Havana, Cuba or exploring Athens' ruins. We offer exchanges and faculty-led programs around the world.

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Lowell as a Classroom

Located in the heart of the Lowell National Historical Park, including the Tsongas Industrial History Center, Lowell is the ultimate classroom to learn about the industrial revolution and immigrate populations. We're also less than 45 minutes to Boston.