• Dr. Victor Xiong wins Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award

    The honor is the highest annual award WMU bestows on faculty members. It pays tribute to individuals whose work constitutes a significant body of achievement that is widely recognized within the national and international academic communities.

  • Peter Cook & Kelsey Ennis Interns at Music House Museum

    Peter Cook & Kelsey Ennis Interns at Music House Museum

    Peter Cook & Kelsey Ennis
  • Peter Dobek

    Rich intellectual environment

    Graduate students have numerous opportunities for research and professional development.

  • Emily Karlichek '11

    Emily Karlichek '11 shares the value of her history degree.

    Emily Karlichek '11
  • Jack Duhan '13

    Jack Duhan ('13) uses what he learned at WMU in the field of law.

    Jack Duhan ('13)

History majors and minors at Western Michigan University are well positioned for the 21st century job market. As a historian-in-training, you will learn to ask questions that matter. You will become a proficient communicator and researcher. You will develop skills to gather information independently, think and respond critically, and make thoughtful and accurate judgments all while developing a broad historical knowledge. As a prospective teacher educator, you will also develop as a creative problem solver able to overcome obstacles, master any responsibility and lead with confidence.

The Department of History can help you achieve your professional goals.

Check out our undergraduate and graduate studies programs.

Find out what our undergraduate alumni think of their history education.

Our graduate alumni can give you a taste of career paths after your M.A. or Ph.D. degree in history.

News and events

  • Past news from the Department of History