• 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.

  • Graduate students Alex Bicknell and Eric Dobberteen recently presented at the Midwestern History Conference in spring 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

Past news from the Department of History.

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