"Pursuing graduate work in history allowed me to develop skills that serve me well in my industry. The critical thinking required in the study of history lends itself well to finance. Numbers and objectivity go well together. I use research techniques every day. There is a great deal of research – especially of technical documents like system manuals – in my current role. My background helps me find key information quickly when presented with significant amounts of data. Effective communication – like the ability to take complex concepts and simplify them for a broader audience – is expected." Devin Brogan

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We offer full-time faculty who hold Ph.Ds.in History with particular faculty strengths in teaching and research in American, African American, Modern European, and Local and Community History. Just a sampling of our classes include constitutional and legal history, the Mongols, the history of baseball, epidemics in modern society, ethnic entrepreneurship, and even Rock & Roll!  We also house the programs of Geography and Religion.  Our students can work towards a:

Bachelor’s degree in History

Master’s degree in History

Minor in History, Geography, or Religion

Field major in International Studies 

Certificate program in Museum Studies, Asian Studies, and Great Plains Studies 

Students can take advantage of a range of awards and scholarships including opportunities to get funding for conferences. The department publishes its own scholarly journal, the Fairmount Folio.  Masters students may apply for one of our graduate teaching assistantships.

Our alumni have gone to successful careers in business, law, museums, academia, historic preservation, archives and records management, the military, teaching, libraries, publishing, consulting, the medical profession, and the ministry.  Our students and alumni have published their research in outlets from award winning academic scholarship to photo histories to contract work to graphic novels to historical romances!  They have produced documentaries, created museum exhibits, preserved historic structures, conducted oral histories, given guided tours, done guest appearances on television, and created programs that give back to their communities. 

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