Well-Known History Majors

Conan O'Brien
Conan O'Brien - Television host, comedian, writer, producer, musician, and voice actor
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill - Singer, songwriter, rapper, producer, and actress
Chelsea Clinton
Chelsea Clinton - Journalist, and author
Joe Biden
Joe Biden - 47th Vice President of the United States
Steve Carell
Steve Carell - Actor, comedian, director, producer, and writer
Edward Norton
Edward Norton - Actor, filmmaker, and activist
W.E.B. Du Bois
W.E.B. Du Bois - NAACP co-founder, sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor
Carly Fiorina
Carly Fiorina - Politician and former business executive
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Retired professional basketball player
Elena Kagan
Elena Kagan - Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand - Novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter.

Why History?

History is an all-inclusive discipline, making it an excellent choice for students with a wide variety of career goals.

​The Department of History trains students to be critical thinkers, capable researchers and careful writers. A degree in history provides students with a firm grounding for advanced studies in many areas, including these below, as well as for graduate work in the humanities and social sciences more broadly:

  • education
  • librarianship
  • law
  • business
  • public service
  • health 
  • administration
  • professional research
  • archiving
  • broadcast journalism
  • archeaologist
  • museum professions
  • historic preservation

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Why History at CU Denver?


The History Department at CU Denver offers a diverse learning experience in several ways. First, the history faculty come from many different education backgrounds. Second, the courses they offer teach a plethora of distinct time periods, cultures, and themes from interesting and varied perspectives. Third, the students they teach bring many different life experiences and skill sets to the classroom, making it a unique learning experience for all. We welcome you to explore your options by learning more about our faculty, courses, and degree and certificate programs.


Our local and regional network combines the knowledge and connections of our faculty with the strength of our alumni numbers. Whether you are looking to go straight into a career or pursue graduate school, the CU Denver History Department can connect you with internships, fellowships, awards, and publishing opportunities to help you reach your goal. Check out our current internship, fellowship, and job listings here. Also, visit our Honors and Awards webpage for more information about requirements and eligibility.


The History Department extends the traditional classroom experience to students who may not be able to attend during regular school hours. For traditional and non-traditional students alike, the History Department offers unique ways to complete your degree on your time. Through online, night, and weekend classes, the History Department strives to meet the needs of all students. To view our current course offerings, click here.