• Jack Duhan '13

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

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  • Alex Bicknell

     Undergraduate Alex Bicknell study abroad trip in May 2018 on The Great Wall of China near Beijing.

  • Brandon Sikkenga '16 uses his Secondary Education History, Spanish and Geography in the classroom.

    Brandon Sikkenga video
  • Photo of Presidential Scholar Award Winner Alexandra Bicknell with Josh Koenig and Bill Warren

    Presidential Scholar Award Winner 2019 for History, Alexandra Bicknell

Welcome to the History Department! Our current office hours are listed below. Please call (269) 387-4531 to make an appointment.

Mondays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (by appointment only)

Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (by appointment only)

Thursdays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (by appointment only)

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

Past news from the Department of History