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.
As a history major at UMass Lowell, you will be trained to think and write critically about history. Department alumni have careers in a wide array of fields including teaching, law, government service, business and research. More than half our graduates go on to graduate school in history, education and other fields.
The bachelor's degree in history requires 39 credits (13 courses), including survey courses in world and U.S. history, advanced courses in European, American and global/comparative history and two seminars on methodology and research. Advanced undergraduates may take graduate classes in history, or other subjects, with instructor permission.
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.
For admissions information, visit the UMass Lowell Admissions and Aid website:
The Master of Arts in History degree is designed for current teachers seeking professional licensure, students preparing for doctoral work in history and anyone seeking the challenge of graduate work in history.
UMass Lowell students who wish to be B.A./M.A. candidates may apply to the program and waive the GRE test so long as they have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 for all previous course work. Application is typically submitted during the student’s second semester of their junior year. B.A./M.A. admission is based on having an overall GPA of 3.0 or better; two letters of recommendation from UMass Lowell History Department faculty; and a personal statement that describes the student’s interest in a history master’s degree.
Internships and other forms of experiential learning are all supported by the History Department. Students regularly present their research at conferences and symposia, or they work at the Lowell National Historical Park. Learn more
The best way to learn about history is to see it come alive whether that is traveling to Havana, Cuba or exploring Athens' ruins. The university offers exchanges and faculty-led programs around the world.
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 immigrant populations. We're also less than 45 minutes to Boston.