​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

We can know where we’re going only if we know where we’ve been. Understanding the political, cultural, social and economic life of past civilizations enhances your understanding of the present. By pursuing a major or minor in history, you’ll develop critical thinking, problem solving, research, writing and analytical skills useful in a range of careers. You can spend time in study abroad opportunities in countries such as Great Britain, Germany and The Netherlands. You’ll also be prepared, if you choose, for graduate study in history, law and business administration.​​

Put Your Degree to Work

As a history graduate, you position yourself for a variety of professions, including archeologist, archivist, college professor, foreign-service employee, historical society director, historian, history teacher, journalist, lawyer, museum technician and politician.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Historian$52,480 per year6% (200 more jobs)
Archivist/Curator$44,410 per year11% (3,300 more jobs)
High school teacher$55,050 per year6% (52,900 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the Department of History’s website or contact:

Department of History
Powers Hall 106
Email: history@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3374

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

History Major

Total: 34 semester hours
Required Courses I
(4 hours)
HST 301
The Craft of History
4
Required Courses II
(3 hours)
Note: HST 496WI or a substitute approved by an advisor.
HST 496WI
Research Seminar
3
Required Courses III
(3 hours)
U.S. History Select one of the following:
HST 110
The American Experience
3
HST 111
The Quest for Liberty: The United States to 1865
3
HST 112
The Struggle for Equality: The United States, 1865-Present
3
HST 221
Growing Up in America
3
HST 228
American Business: A History
3
HST 302
Comparative Environmental History
3
HST 303
The American Revolution
3
HST 312
American Military Experience
3
HST 315
The Vietnam War
3
HST 319
The United States since World War II
3
HST 320
United States Social History to 1865
3
HST 321
United States Social History since 1865
3
HST 322
Westward Movement in America
3
HST 323
History of Native Americans
3
HST 324
"Death is Better than Slavery": African American History to 1877
3
HST 325
"By Any Means Necessary": African American History, 1877-Present
3
HST 326/WGS 328
Women in America
3
HST 328
Technology in American History
3
HST 330
"We the People": U.S. Constitutional History
3
HST 333
History of Michigan
3
HST 335
History of the Rock and Roll Era
3
HST 511
Colonial British America
3
HST 513
Era of the Early Republic, 1789-1825
3
HST 514
Democracy, Expansion, and Reform in America, 1824-1848
3
HST 515
Civil War and Reconstruction
3
HST 516
Emergence of Modern America, 1877-1920
3
HST 517
U.S. Rise in World Leadership, 1917-1945
3
HST 518
African Americans and the Law: From Slavery to Civil Rights
3
HST 523
American Diplomatic History, 1775-1898
3
HST 524
American Diplomatic History Since 1898
3
HST 525
The Industrialization of America
3
HST 526
Modern American Political Culture, 1865-Present
3
HST 532
Michigan History Studies
1-3
HST 562
The Atlantic World in the Age of Empire
3
Required Courses IV
(3 hours)
Modern European History Select one of the following:
HST 102
The Development of Western Civilization: From 1700 to the Present
3
HST 106
Twentieth Century: Western World Issues
3
HST 280
Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
3
HST 343
History of Paris
3
HST 344
Modern Europe, 1815-1918
3
HST 347
The French Revolution and Napoleonic Period
3
HST 349
Russia in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
3
HST 351
Britain since 1689
3
HST 352
British Imperialism
3
HST 353
Germany since 1870
3
HST 354/WGS 354
Women in European History
3
HST 356
Europe Since 1945
3
HST 542
The Enlightenment in Europe
3
HST 543
Napoleon
3
HST 548
Russian Thought
3
HST 558
Europe, 1914-1945
3
Required Courses V
(3 hours)
Non-Western History Select one of the following:
HST 236, 237, and 369 may fill requirements for either Required Courses V or Required Courses VI, but cannot fill requirements for both categories.
HST 163
The Latin American Experience
3
HST 168
Modern East Asia
3
HST 176
The African Experience
3
HST 236
Babylon and Beyond: Ancient Civilizations of the Near/Middle East
3
HST 237
Baghdad and Beyond: The Middle East from 600 C.E.
3
HST 261
Indigenous Peoples of Latin America: Precontact to 1821
3
HST 292
Global Perspectives on Non-Western History
3
HST 336
Iran and Iraq in History
3
HST 361/REL 361
Sinners and Saints of Colonial Latin America
3
HST 362
Latin American Revolutions: Mexico, Cuba and Central America
3
HST 369
Traditional China
3
HST 370
Modern China
3
HST 376
East/Central Africa: Issues
3
HST 377
West Africa
3
HST 378
South Africa
3
HST 379/HUM 340
Race, Class and Power: South Africa in the 20th Century
3
HST 382/REL 382
History of Israel
3
HST 535
The Middle East in the Modern Era
3
HST 576
Colonialism in Africa, 1880s-1960s
3
Required Courses VI
(3 hours)
Pre-Modern History Select one of the following:
HST 236, 237, AND 369 count for either non-Western or pre-Modern. No course, however, can fill requirements in more than one area.
HST 101
The Development of Western Civilization: From Ancient Times to 1700 A.D.
3
HST 200
Medieval Civilization
3
HST 201
World History to 1500
3
HST 236
Babylon and Beyond: Ancient Civilizations of the Near/Middle East
3
HST 237
Baghdad and Beyond: The Middle East from 600 C.E.
3
HST 238
Ancient Greece and Rome
3
HST 336
Iran and Iraq in History
3
HST 338
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
3
HST 340
The High Middle Ages
3
HST 341
Renaissance and Reformation
3
HST 342
The Culture of Renaissance Italy (Study Abroad)
3
HST 348
Russia through the Reign of Catherine the Great
3
HST 350
English History to 1688: From Stonehenge to the Glorious Revolution
3
HST 369
Traditional China
3
HST 505
Tudor England
3
HST 537
The Age of Cicero
3
HST 538
Athens: Classical Period
3
Required Courses VII
(6 hours)
Six (6) additional hours of history courses numbered 100-599.
Electives I
(6 hours)
Two additional courses at 300-500 level
Electives II
(3 hours)
One additional course at 500 level - HST 590 cannot be used for this requirement