Graduate Program

Over 50 graduate students currently study, teach, and conduct research in the Department of History at Western Michigan University. Several students have received prestigious Fulbright grants or other fellowships and awards to undertake archival research in Britain, France, Latvia, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Italy, Peru, Liberia and the United States. Students serve as members of departmental and university committees, and administer an active History Graduate Student Organization.

The history department offers students a rich intellectual environment, with approximately 30 dedicated faculty members and numerous opportunities for research and professional development. The department regularly sponsors public lectures, workshops, and colloquia addressing a broad range of interests in order to foster a vibrant culture of scholarship.


Department of History faculty members teach and research in diverse geographical, chronological and thematic subject areas covering four continents, while supporting specialized and interdisciplinary graduate programs and areas of emphasis that address the interests of individual students.

The department has broad strengths in North AmericaEurope, and the pre-1800 world, with an international reputation in Medieval history.

We offer distinct certificate and degree programs in Monastic studies  and public history.


Your program of study can draw upon history faculty members’ thematic specializations and methodological approaches in American studies, environment, gender, memory, popular culture, transnationalism, visual and material culture, and urban history, among others. 

Please consult the profiles of history faculty and graduate students for a comprehensive overview of their research interests and specializations.


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The GRE is necessary for incoming students.