• Dr. Q. Edward Wang presented his talk, “Was 1492 a Turning Point in World History? An Analysis in Historiography” for the H. Nicholas Hamner Lecture Series on October 13, 2022.

  • On May 21, 2022 we celebrated our recent retirees. We thank them for their years of service to the department!

  • Dr. Matthew Penix successfully defended his dissertation on May 11, 2022.

    Dr. Matthew Penix successfully defended his dissertation on May 11, 2022.

Welcome to the Department of History at Western Michigan University.

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.

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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

Fall 2022

Spring 2022

  • Dr. George Beech, Professor Emeritus, recently passed away. Please click here to read his obituary.
  • Dr. Sally Hadden was recently interviewed by the Cleveland Heights Public Library in Cleveland about her book, Slave Patrols, in connection with reading more deeply into the recently published work, The 1619 Project.
  • Check out the results of the 2022 National History Day Contest. Our district had more top finishers than any other district in Michigan!
  • Dr. Ángela Pérez-Villa was profiled as one of three professors who inspire Latinx students in the Kalamazoo area by New/Nueva Opinion, a Spanish-language newspaper in Southwest Michigan (pgs. 4-5).

  • Dr. Lewis Carlson, Professor Emeritus, recently passed away. He retired from WMU in 1999. Please click here to read his obituary.
  • Dr. Linda J. Borish was recently interviewed by WWMT about United States Women's National Team (in soccer) reaching a $24 million settlement.
  • Dr. David Benac was interviewed by WMU News regarding climate change disinformation.

Past news from the Department of History.