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Our History Majors are changemakers

Actively Seeking Changemakers to explore the past for a better future.

History’s biggest lesson is not simply dates and facts, but how do we interpret what we’ve learned and apply those lessons for today. In our program you will learn to think critically, argue convincingly, write effectively so you can make the change you envision.

At Metropolitan State University of Denver, you will earn a history degree that gives you tremendous freedom to pick your own path, developing expertise in areas such as Colorado History, Latin-American History, African-American history, Women’s History, European History and more. You will also have access to internships, unique study abroad experiences and opportunities to present your senior seminar project.

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Meet with an Academic Advisor

Meet with your professional academic advisor to explore the History Major and get your questions answered.

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Declare your History Major and Pick your Concentration

The Department of History offers real-world, relevant courses and new concentrations to match.

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Get Rowdy Ready

Follow the semester-by-semester steps outlined in the CLAS Student Success Roadmap to ensure your success at MSU Denver.

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Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

The History degree program at MSU Denver offers you opportunities to stretch intellectually, creatively and professionally through internships, student involvement, and much more!

Four reasons to choose us:

1) Facilities and Resources

MSU Denver is located on the Auraria Campus, home to the one of the most historic neighborhoods in the Denver area. Vibrant and multicultural, the campus is close to numerous museums and cultural institutions, including: History Colorado, the Byers-Evans House, the Molly Brown House, the Colorado Historical Foundation, the American Museum of Western Art, the Black American West Museum and the Western History Collection at the Denver Public Library.

2) Exclusive Scholarships

MSU Denver is among the most affordable four-year universities in the nation. Not only do we offer a high quality education at a low cost, the Department of History offers two exclusive scholarships: the Columbine Scholarship and the History Department Endowed Scholarship. Apply and have the opportunity to earn FREE tuition money each year.

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3) Opportunities to Get Involved

Join our active student organizations to meet peers, make friends, gain leadership skills and find where you belong! The Department of History has three student-led organizations, History Club and Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society.

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4) Individualized Attention

Here you can study in one of the largest History Departments in Colorado. Our size and commitment to student learning allows us to provide a wider variety of course offerings, while allowing the kind of individualized attention that can lead to opportunities to present your research at regional and national conferences, as well as internships at places like: History Colorado, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Pueblo History Museum.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

Our graduates work in Education, Museums, Libraries, Finance and Law. And that’s just a start! Here are some of the specific career paths taken by MSU Denver alumni.

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  • Secondary history teacher
  • International history teacher
  • Teach for America teacher (a program that trains and places diverse leaders to teach in underserved communities)
  • Professor
  • Lawyer
  • Historian
  • Librarian
  • Colorado state legislator, mayor, politician
  • Writer, journalist, biographer

"College graduates with a degree in history earn median incomes of $55,000. This is only marginally less than the $60,000 earned by business majors, and more than the $51,000 median for people with life sciences degrees." -American Historical Association

Alumni at Work

MSU Denver History program alumni work in numerous organizations in Colorado and across the nation, and they continue their studies across the globe!

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Hispanic Serving Institution

MSU Denver has 36.7% Hispanic/Latinx students which the highest number of Hispanic/Latinx students among institutions of higher education in the state of Colorado.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

MSU Denver is dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion and has been named one of the Top Colleges for Diversity by Insight Into Diversity for 10 consecutive years.

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Transfer Student Leader

50% of MSU Denver students are transfers. As the top transfer destination for Coloradans, our students make an immediate impact on our workforce and community.

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Department of History

Contact the Department of History

Campus Location:

Central Classroom, Room 211

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 173362
Campus Box 27
Denver, Colorado 80217-3362




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