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Major in History; Shape Your Renaissance

The legacy of our past paves the way to creating our future. Uncover new perspectives and insights from ancient civilizations. Understand the struggles and strengths that have shaped the United States. We'll teach you how to research the past like a history detective, develop your analytical skills and your writing—three skills in top demand by today's employers.

Our mission is to provide you with a solid grounding in modern global and American history and prepare you for a career you will love and be passionate about, such as teaching, graduate study and law.

In addition to the traditional history curriculum, undergraduate majors are encouraged to enrich their understanding of the past through internships, involvement in Phi Alpha Theta/History Club and other relevant activities.

Part of the uniqueness of the department is the fact that it hosts two significant research archives: the Black Abolitionist Archives and the Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive. Students are encouraged to make use of these resources, both by gaining practical experience in the archives and by using them in their research for courses.

Learn from Diverse History Courses

Some course content includes:

  • Historical Methods
  • United States History
  • World History

Pick an Area that Interests You

  • Intelligence
  • Public History
  • Pre Law
  • Teaching (Secondary)

Undergraduate Programs

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    Major - History

    Degree: Bachelor of Arts
    Major: History

    University of Detroit Mercy's  Bachelor of Arts with a major in history plays an integral role in the University's liberal arts education and provides the foundation for a variety of career paths including medicine and law.

    Our program:

    1. Provides students in all colleges and programs opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of the contemporary world through a critical knowledge of the past;
    2. Creates opportunities to cultivate skills that build a great future including analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating and interpreting historical evidence.

    To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University core curriculum, the requirements for the 36-credit-hour program major and have completed a minimum of 126 credit hours.*

    * New students enrolled starting fall 2020 will follow a minimum of 120 credit hours.


    Minor - History


    University of Detroit Mercy's history minor consists of 18 hours of approved coursework with at least an overall C average. You have the freedom to choose the area of history that interests you, such as United States history, the European sequence or take a more World viewpoint. An exit interview and mini-portfolio are required at the end of the coursework. For additional information, please contact Dan Kroupa at kroupadr@udmercy.edu.


    Minor - Museum Studies

    A museum studies minor requires 18 credits, which when completed in conjunction with a relevant academic major, will prepare you to for entry-level positions in museums and related cultural institutions.


Undergraduate history majors follow a variety of career paths.

One traditional option has been teaching, either in the secondary schools or at community colleges or universities. Those interested in becoming certified to teach History in the secondary schools should consult Secondary Teacher Education.

Teaching at community colleges or universities requires additional graduate education in History, usually the Ph.D. Majors interested in pursuing graduate education in history should consult their advisor in the Department of History.

Another traditional option has been the law. Those considering this career path should consult University of Detroit Mercy's Pre-Law Program.

A significant and growing number of undergraduate History majors go into government service or what is known as public history, careers which bring awareness and understandings of the past before a broad public audience. The latter includes careers in:

  • museums
  • archives
  • editing and publishing
  • and historic site preservation.

Another area with growing career opportunities is intelligence. Agencies view an undergraduate major in history as an important area of preparation for intelligence analysis.


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Roy E. Finkenbine
Professor of History
* Department Co-Chair
Director of the Black Abolitionist Archive

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Daniel Kroupa
Lecturer of History
Director of Museum Studies

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Sarah Stever
Adjunct Professor of History

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Gregory Sumner
Professor of History
* Department Co-Chair

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