Undergraduate study

Students interested in history at Western Michigan University select one of three distinct majors:

  • The history major provides well-rounded preparation for many occupations; it requires broad preparation in history, but also offers students the opportunity to develop areas of special interest.
  • The public history major provides professional and technical training for occupations in museums, archives, historic sites and organizations, government programs, and consulting.
  • The secondary education program works in conjunction with courses in the College of Education and Human Development and meets State of Michigan certification requirements. Program majors may focus in either history or social studies.

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Program information

Graduate study

The Department of History offers degrees for the Masters of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy. The program is known for special strengths in public history, Medieval Europe, and the history of the Americas. The Department also offers two Graduate Certificates and an Accelerated Graduate Degree Program (BA/MA).


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