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How to Reach the Department of History

The main office is currently working remotely. We are ready to support you via email, video conferencing, or by phone (all office phones have been forwarded).  If you need assistance, please call us at 303-615-0500. To reach the Assistant to the Academic Program Coordinator, Joseph Grannes, please call 303-615-1541 or email him at  To reach the Academic Program Coordinator, Chrystyna Banks, please call 303-615-1539 or email her at If you reach voicemail, please leave a message. We will be checking the voicemail every hour during business hours and will respond to you ASAP.  You can also reach the Department Chair, Dr. James Drake, via email:

  • Online Classes
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Other Advising Options

For prospective students: Please call Alexis Magaña at: 303-605-5884

For help outside of drop-in advising times: Please e-mail Dr. Matthew Makley at:  

History at MSU Denver

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

What can you do with a History degree? Let the record show: plenty. Along with a clear, concrete understanding of the past, MSU Denver’s History majors are critical thinkers, good writers and adept researchers. Combine that with interdisciplinary thinking and never-ending curiosity, and our graduates are well-equipped to fit into any career path they choose to follow. 

History degrees are offered at just about every university in the world, so what makes MSU Denver stand out above the rest? For starters, the beautiful Auraria Campus is historic in its own right. Home to the oldest brewery in the state, Auraria nearly became the capital city of Colorado. Even walking alongside the Victorian houses of the 9th Street Historic District feels as if you’ve taken a step back in time. 

Whatever subject matter you’d like to study, you can learn about it at MSU Denver. Our faculty’s expertise covers most of the globe, and you can choose from dozens of concentrations for your undergraduate degree. Whether you choose to study medieval history, American history, ancient Greece, World War II or baseball, the Department of History at MSU Denver can offer you a fulfilling education.

General Studies:

The University requires that all students take one three-hour course in the Historical General Studies Category. Most lower-division History courses count as Historical General Studies courses, but you should speak to an advisor to be certain. See the current university catalog for the list of General Studies courses. For a listing of History General Studies, Global Diversity, and Multicultural Credit options please check the Current Catalog.

“The workplace of the future will need not only educated minds, but adaptable ones. That’s where a liberal arts degree comes in. Nothing makes the mind more elastic and expandable than discovering how the world works.”

Edgar M. Bronfman

Former CEO of the Seagram Corporation (and history major!)

Career Prospects

Our graduates have found careers in law, business, politics, journalism, teaching and museum work thanks to transferable skills the Department of History enforces, such as:
  • Effective writing
  • Critical analysis
  • Research
  • Interdisciplinary thinking and training
  • Curiosity
  • Inquisitiveness

Our history program options

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