The Department of History at Pitt is unusual in its wide range of teaching and research—U.S., European, Latin American, Asian, and African history—and its inherently comparative and international approach. History is an open-ended discipline, and the department welcomes students, as well as ideas and techniques, from other subjects. The department offers an undergraduate major.

Many history majors have become lawyers, journalists, civil servants, business executives, public historians, and educators. In short, the history major offers an exciting intellectual challenge in itself, and excellent all-around preparation for a wide range of professional careers after graduation. A PhD program is offered for graduate students.