Best Colleges with American History Programs: List of Top Schools

American history programs study the U.S. prior to and after the creation of the nation through the Declaration of Independence. It covers areas of study like the Native Americans, Christopher Columbus, the American Revolution, American capitalism and the federal government. Some of the best colleges for American history programs include Harvard University and Chapman University.

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Best Colleges for American History Programs

1. Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

The Princeton Review ranked Harvard University among the Best Northeastern Colleges. In 2011, the school was also ranked first in the national universities category by U.S. News and World Report. Harvard contains one of the largest libraries housing some of the oldest collections within the U.S., according to U.S. News and World Report.

In addition to an excellent bachelor's and master's degree program, Harvard University has a doctoral program in the history of American civilization. Established in 1937, this doctoral program puts a learners under the direct guidance of a faculty member and allows for a creative 2-year research process that ends in a thesis. American government and politics, interpreting cultures, readings of colonial and revolution America, histories of American capitalism and global perspectives of North America are topics of discussion at the graduate level.

Contact Information

  • Address: Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Phone Number: (617) 495-1000

2. Chapman University in Orange, CA

U.S. News and World Report ranked Chapman University eighth on the list of regional universities in the West in 2011. Additionally, the Princeton Review described Chapman among Best Western Colleges. The department of history at Chapman University has a Bachelor of Arts in History available with an emphasis in U.S. history. The curriculum includes topics on American history imagery, America after the war, film and American history, United States women's history and Native Americans.

Contact Information

  • Address: One University Dr., Orange, CA 92866
  • Phone Number: (714) 997-6815

List of 20 Good Schools with American History Programs in the U.S.

School Name Total Student EnrollmentAddressPhone Number
Nova Southeastern University 29,153 3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 (954) 262-7300
Harvard University 27,651 Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 495-1000
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus 18,966 Ponce de Leon Ave., Rio Piedras, PR 00931 (787) 764-0000
Touro College 17,116 27-33 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10010 (212) 463-0400
Salem State College 10,125 352 Lafayette St., Salem, MA 01970 (978) 542-6000
Suffolk University 9,148 8 Ashburton Pl. Beacon Hill, Boston, MA 02108 (617) 573-8000
Chapman University 6,398 One University Dr., Orange, CA 92866 (714) 997-6815
Ashland University 6,300 401 College Ave., Ashland, OH 44805 (419) 289-4142
Bentley University 5,628 175 Forest St., Waltham, MA 02452 (800) 523-2354
Brandeis University 5,598 415 South St., Waltham, MA 02454 (781) 736-2000
Keene State College 5,356 229 Main St., Keene, NH 03435 (603) 352-1909
United States Military Academy 4,621 646 Swift Rd., West Point, NY 10996 (845) 938-4011
United States Air Force Academy 4,620 USAFA, CO 80840 (719) 333-6481
Delaware State University 3,609 1200 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901 (302) 857-6060
Charleston Southern University 3,219 650 W. Easterday Ave., Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783 (906) 632-6841
Lake Superior State University 2,588 Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 495-1000
Eckerd College 2,520 4200 54th Ave. S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33711 (727) 867-1166
Emmanuel College 2,454 400 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115 (617) 735-9715
Nebraska Wesleyan University 2,093 5000 St. Paul Ave., Lincoln, NE 68504 (402) 466-2371
Morningside College 2,036 1501 Morningside Ave., Sioux City, IA 51106 (712) 274-5000
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