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Department of History

Are you fascinated by human cultures, belief systems and societies? Do you want to master skills that can lead to careers not only in history but also technology, education and government? Earning a degree in one of the programs offered by the Department of History at the University of Central Missouri will introduce you to the rich study of history while preparing you for a wide variety of careers.

Whether you’re interested in earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree in History, UCM has the program for you:

  • Bachelor of Arts in History: If you want to delve into another culture and its history, earning a BA in History might be perfect for you. You’ll study the language, history and contemporary culture of a specific people. Understanding a foreign language and having heightened cultural awareness will set you apart from your monolingual colleagues and can lead to rewarding travel opportunities around the globe as well as expanded career pathways.
  • Bachelor of Science in History: If you want a degree in history with a focus on digital applications and other interdisciplinary training, our BS in History should be on the top of your list. Tailor your degree to your career aspirations by choosing from 10 unique concentrations — including business, law, Africana studies, instructional design and many others. 
  • Master of Arts in History: With three academic tracks, our master’s degree in History will prepare you for advanced education programs as well as meaningful jobs in academia and public institutions. We offer both a face-to-face and fully online master’s program, so you can create a course of study that works with your schedule and life.
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Dr. Joshua Nygren
Associate Professor and Department Chair
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Tel: 660-543-8738

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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Fully online minor and MA options

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Student-run History Club


Find your History future at UCM

When you earn a degree from UCM’s Department of History, you’ll enjoy engaging, student-centered courses supported by an active community:

  • Digital History: Move beyond lectures and note-taking. Jump into history with virtual reality projects, role-playing games and our Historic Missouri app. You’ll not only get to experience living history, but also help to create it by adding content to the app as well as other public-facing websites.
  • Real-world experience: In addition to class projects, you’ll have chances to participate in internships with local history museums, historical societies and different historical sites around the region. You may even earn an exclusive internship with the Missouri State Archives on UCM’s Warrensburg campus. These opportunities may allow you to learn the fundamentals of digital archiving, researching, writing and public education as you make industry connections and build an impressive resume. 
  • Community: As a member of UCM’s Department of History, you’ll be part of an ever-growing family of scholars, peers and alumni committed to collaborating and helping each other reach new levels of greatness every day. Make new friends, attend game nights and go on field trips in our student-run History Club. We also host talks from distinguished speakers, including Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed.


What can you do with a degree in one of UCM’s History programs?

Unlike many degrees that prepare you for a single field or discipline, the study of history provides you with expertise and essential skills that are needed in nearly every industry. Employers and universities across the globe look for candidates with the ability to think critically, research, communicate effectively and work independently or in a group. Our graduates are in high demand thanks to their mastery of these fundamental skills.

Our focus on digital history also means that you’ll have the chance to build websites and write persuasive and engaging pieces that reach a broad audience. These are vital skills in fields such as technology and marketing.

Many of our students go on to prestigious graduate and doctoral programs to study law, history, library science, education and museum studies. Our graduates also go on to successful careers in business, government and journalism.




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