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Catalog Year 2022 Guides

History Major Req 2022

History Minor Req 2022

2022 Fillable Advising Guide – History Major with Licensure

Catalog Year 2016-2021 Guides

History Major Req 2021

History Minor Req 2021

SEC – SST – History Major (Fall 2016 and later)

SEC – SST – History Major with CLD Focus Fall 2018 and later)

Advising Guides with 4-Year Plans


History Major, B.A.


History Major, B.A. with Secondary Social Studies Teacher Licensure Concentration


History Minor

Careers in History

What are the skills one learns as an historian?

History majors and minors acquire many skills that prepare them for careers upon graduation. Before graduation students should consider doing an internship. MSU Denver’s Applied Learning Center (Internship Center) as well as the History Department provides information concerning internships.

When seeking an internship or employment, applicants should, in their cover letters or interviews, include those qualifications applicable to the job. These include:

  • Effective writing skills—fundamental to any job for which a college degree is a necessity, effective writing means the ability to successfully and precisely communicate one’s ideas in text.
  • Critical analysis skills—necessary to the decision-making process for any job, critical analysis means the ability to analyze a situation and come up with creative and practical solutions.
  • Research skills—essential to any job or career, research skills encompass the ability to understand past practices and policies and to trace the roots of any issue, to find new information which bears on that issue, and to incorporate that information into one’s analysis of an issue.
  • Interdisciplinary thinking and training—interdisciplinary thinking and training provide the essential abilities to think about a problem in a multitude of ways, to analyze it using multiple tools, and to provide solutions which draw from different traditions and thought.
  • Curiosity and inquisitiveness—indispensable to any position, curiosity and inquisitiveness entail the desire to learn more and to continue learning, to examine reasons beneath issues, and to come to understand them as part of a continual, life-long, education process.

What can you do with an undergraduate History major or minor?

Jobs include advertising executive, advocate, analyst, archivist, broadcaster, business executive, campaign worker, consultant, congressional aide, editor, foreign service officer, foundation staffer, information specialist, intelligence agent, journalist, legal assistant, lobbyist, personnel manager, public relations staffer, canvasser, or teacher.

The American Historical Association has created an information page on “Careers for History Majors“.

Here is a brief list, provided by the American Historical Association, of the career opportunities available to the undergraduate history major.

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History Department

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Central Classroom Building room 211

1006 11th St. Ste. 211
Denver, CO 80204

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MSU Denver, History
1201 5th St.
Campus Box 27
Denver, CO 80204