• Congratulations to History students Joanne Jeya, Hannah Garrod, and Ian Daly for presenting the research they conducted in Dr. Ángela Pérez-Villa's HIST 4845 class at the Latin American and Latinx Studies Undergraduate Symposium.

  • Dr. Skylar Bre'z successfully defends dissertation entitled,"The Coalitions of National Women's History Month: Practicalities and Consequences" on March 8, 2021.

  • Dr. Joshua Koenig was hooded by Dr. Ed Martini and Dr. Lynne Heasley on April 6, 2021.

  • 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

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.

Video of WMU History Dept. 2020

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.