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MSU Denver History student in class, interior view of the Colorado State Capitol, History professor teaching and a historic photo of the Tivoli.

Tivoli image provided by the Library of Congress, edited by Chrystyna Banks.


“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.

“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 and inquisitiveness.

James Drake_History
He is a Denver native and the author of two books, King Philip's War: Civil War in New England, 1675-1676 (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1999); and The Nation's Nature: How Continental Presumptions Gave Rise to the United States of America (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011), which won the Walker Cowen Memorial Prize and the Phi Alpha Theta Best Subsequent Book Award. He is currently working on a book about the Rocky Mountains.

James Drake

Professor and Chair, Dept. of History

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