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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 jgrannes@msudenver.edu.  To reach the Academic Program Coordinator, Chrystyna Banks, please call 303-615-1539 or email her at bankschr@msudenver.edu. 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: drakeja@msudenver.edu.

  • Online Classes
  • Temporary
Other Advising Options

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

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

History at MSU Denver

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

MSU Denver is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We in the History Department are resolute in our service to students from traditionally marginalized communities.  We believe in the power of a university education to liberate minds.  We recognize that systematic oppression and structural racism have worked to silence some voices while emphasizing others.  We celebrate historical approaches that promote inclusion and ask challenging questions of the past.  We invite you to join us as we explore the rich and complex history of humans through time around the globe. 

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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