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History at UCM

Understanding today's complex world and seeking the best vision for tomorrow.

M.A. in History at UCM

Explore the depths of history and discover new ways to think about the past.

Social Studiesat UCM

Explore innovative techniques and proven methods for a career in education.

Africana Studies at UCM

Discover multicultural contributions throughout history and inspire change.

Anthropology at UCM

Contribute to the rich diversity of the rapidly changing world.

Prospective Students


Welcome to the Department of History, Anthropology, Africana Studies, and Social Studies at UCM. This section is focused on students who are considering applying to UCM, and UCM sudents who are still deciding on a major.  We encourage you to contact the advisors for the individual programs that you are interested in.  Please read the greeting letter from our Department Chair welcoming you to the program as well.



Within the Department of History and Anthropology you have several major and minor options: 


  • A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in History.
  • A BS degree in Anthropology.
  • Through an indivdiualized major, a BA or BS degree in Africana Studies
  • For teacher certification, a BS in Education through our Social Studies program. 
  • Minors in History, Anthropology, Africana Studies, and Social Studies.


The Undergraduate Catalog outlines the requirements for each program and option, and the Registrar's Office provides four-year plans for all majors.  Additionally, the department's Undergraduate Survival Guide offers recommended programs of study and other suggestions for coursework and success at UCM.





We encourage all majors and minors to discuss their scheduling and degree programs with their designated advisors throughout your time at UCM.  The more you discuss your future career plans with our advisors, the better we can assist you in selecting courses, finding internships, and exploring other opportunities to reach your goals.


History Undergrads  Dr. Jessica Cannon  Wood 136H,
History Grad Students  Dr. Micah Alpaugh  Wood 136L,
Anthropology  Dr. Amber Clifford-Napoleone  Wood 136B,
Anthropology  Dr. Jeff Yelton  Wood 136O,
Africana Studies  Dr. Delia Gillis  Wood 110,
Social Studies  Dr. Star Nance  Wood 124,



Why Study History?


A common question is why major in history.  There are several ways to think about this question: first the specific skill sets you will develop in the discipline, and second the ways that this discipline builds perspective and habits of the mind that are applicable to virtually any career path.


The practical response to the question involves the skills that will set you apart on the job market. Your coursework in this department will help you develop a number of skills that include: conducting independent research; analyzing  data for patterns and bias; framing questions in ethical, cultural, and historical contexts; and effective and clear communication in written and public speaking settings.  All of these skills are in high-demand by employers in any industry.  If you choose to pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree, you will also be able to list proficiency in a foreign language, a significant advantage in an increasingly global marketplace. 


Through double-major, minor, and certificate program options, you have the potential to list even more cultural and technical skill sets on your resume.  Examples include a minor in Economics for those interested in business, law, and careers in nonprofit organizations or a focus on public history and museum studies if museums, archives, or the National Park Service or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources sound like interesting career paths for you.  Some students have even pursued a degree in History with a minor in Religious Studies and gone on to seminary.


The Only Limit is Your Imagination


Studying history also builds perspective and habits of the mind that apply to almost any career path. You will develop a perspective that is uncommon in the modern world: a long-term understanding of the interrelationships among ideas, events, groups of people, and changes over time.  You also are studying all aspects of human endeavor, from the arts to science and technology. In developing this cultural literacy and long-term perspective, you are better equipped to understand and articlulate the significance of policies and current events in a rapidly changing world.  A number of history and humanities majors have gone on to successful careers as entrepreneurs.  Your future options are ultimately only limited by your imagination.


Feel free to also check our Frequently Asked Questions page as you explore your options in this department.