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The Department of History

The History faculty strives to make outstanding scholarly contributions to the discipline and to instill historical knowledge, perspective on human experience, critical thinking skills, and effective writing in all our graduate and undergraduate students. We are also a community of citizens engaged in service and devoted to the enrichment of intellectual and public life at the University, throughout Utah, and beyond.

History courses emphasize written and oral skills, analysis and critical thinking, and the ability to assess conflicting interpretations. These skills prepare students for the responsibilities of citizenship and cultivate an awareness of the complexities of life. Studying history provides valuable preparation for careers in university and college teaching and research, primary and secondary education, law, government, public service, journalism, libraries and museums, international business, and medicine.

We offer B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. History students can explore periods and regions ranging from ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome to the modern Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.


Undergraduate Program

History provides the intellectual and entrepreneurial tools to thrive in a world that is highly specialized and globally interconnected.

The History major and minor are flexible and can be paired with almost any other degree on campus. Double majors can even get dual credit for some courses.

Undergraduate Program

Graduate Program

The Department of History offers courses of study leading to the PhD, MA, and MS degrees, and has a particular strength in the history of the American West. In addition to the life of the Department, faculty and graduate students are engaged with the University’s most exciting interdisciplinary programs.


Graduate Program


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Last Updated: 6/1/22