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History and Geography

A degree in History or Geography is all about studying culture, the environment, society, the workings of the world, communication and problem-solving. You'll learn through travel courses, conference presentations, internships in your chosen field, research projects, and instructors that are truly passionate about what they teach.

Department of

History and Geography

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Fee Waiver Applications Now Being Accepted for 2019-2020

The department includes a vibrant graduate program offering the M.A. in History and the M.A. in History-Museum Studies. Your undergraduate options are the B.A.Ed in History Education, the B.A. in Geography, the B.A. in History, and the B.A. in History-Museum Studies.
In addition, minors include History, Geography, American Indian Studies, International Studies, Women's Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies, Russian Studies, and Sustainability Studies.

Why Study History?

History is the study of us all, the study of our lives and our aspirations, our high hopes and our bitter disappointments. History helps to answer questions like, 'how did the world I live in come to look this way?' History prepares you to make sense of what is happening today and to understand the roots of today’s issues in the past.

History is not memorizing names and dates – it’s about understanding our current world and how this world came to be the one we inhabit today. History is a discipline that trains you in a way that offers some of the most broadly applicable skill-sets, relevant to all sorts of careers. 

You may enjoy studying History if you:

  • Want to obtain a transferable skill-set
  • Are interested in people and different societies
  • Want to learn from the past
  • Have a desire to become more culturally aware
  • Like to work independently
  • Want a degree that can combine with others seamlessly
  • Are interested in graduate school or law school 

Why Study Geography?

Geography, the study of the earth, is a broad field that attempts to explain the world around us. The big picture approach and wide range of skills geographers use makes the degree marketable for those seeking jobs in the private or public sector. Physical geography courses focus on the earth's physical processes (hydrology, climate, biosphere), while human geography courses focus on human societies (urbanization, migration, development, geopolitics, culture).  All geographers develop spatial thinking skills, a global perspective to understand an interdependent world, and a deeper understanding of the connections between human societies and the physical environment. In addition, geospatial techniques provide students with the ability to map the ever changing physical and human world.

You may enjoy studying Geography if you:

  • Like to learn about other places and cultures
  • Enjoy traveling, reading maps, or spending time outdoors
  • Want to understand the basic physical system that affects everyday life
  • Want the ability to put current events into context
  • See connections between humans and their environment
  • Are interested in preparing for the future
  • Try to see the big picture to understand the small one