Students interested in history at Western Michigan University select one of three distinct majors:
- The history major provides well-rounded preparation for many occupations; it requires broad preparation in history, but also offers students the opportunity to develop areas of special interest.
- The public history major provides professional and technical training for occupations in museums, archives, historic sites and organizations, government programs, and consulting.
- The secondary education program works in conjunction with courses in the College of Education and Human Development and meets State of Michigan certification requirements. Program majors may focus in either history or social studies.
Videos from recent alumni discuss the value of an education in history.
The Department of History offers degrees for the Masters of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy. The program is known for special strengths in public history, Medieval Europe, and many aspects of North American history. Through the specialization of ethnohistory, graduate students can study societies’ changes over time on many continents of the world, in situations where two or more cultures come into contact with one another.