The Department of History at Western Michigan University has a long tradition of undergraduate education. As Western has grown and become more diverse, so have we. In 1957 we began offering M.A. degrees, and in 1992 we established our very successful Ph.D. program. Today we have nearly 7,000 alumni of the department, of which some 40 percent work in the field of education. Even in the face of significant cutbacks in state funding, we have managed to grow in size and complexity. History continues to offer excellent educational opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students. Thanks to your generosity, faculty and graduate students have financial support for travel to carry out research and present their scholarship at conferences. Undergraduates, at long last, have support to do this as well. We also have funds to attract new history majors and reward them, via scholarships and grants, for their outstanding achievements while in our programs. We have donors, as the chart below indicates, at all levels of lifetime giving:

Name of Level Range of Contribution Number at this Level Now

Burnham-Macmillan Society

$100,000 or more


Founders Circle



Friend of Clio










Up to $999


We are thankful for your generosity and hope that you’ll be able to continue to support our work with a new generation of historians. Below are our highest priority needs: 

  • Undergraduate history student scholarship to provide entrance scholarships for entering undergraduates to assist with tuition costs and help us attract
    ever-more qualified history majors
  • Graduate student research scholarship to provide financial support for graduate students by releasing from their teaching duties so that they can complete writing their theses or dissertations

A contribution, at whatever level you feel comfortable, is deeply appreciated. If you have any questions about giving to the department, how your gift will be used, or to discuss giving options, please do not hesitate to contact me.


José António Brandão

José António Brandão
Professor and Chair
Department of History

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Department of History
4301 Friedmann Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
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