A description of the History Program at Western State Colorado University
In a world increasingly characterized by the ten-second soundbite, our understanding of world events is often limited to the superficial. Despite the speed and intensity of these events, the conflicts and achievements of our times emerge from long established influences and sequences of events.
The study of History adds both breadth and depth to an individual's understanding of our fast-changing world. History provides the means to discover how the past shapes and affects the present and how seemingly unrelated events and forces connect to frame human endeavors.
There is something profoundly enduring about the study of History, as it allows us to realize the complexity of human affairs from a multitude of perspectives. It is both an intellectually satisfying and eminently practical pursuit.
History Majors at Western State Colorado University acquire and sharpen skills that enrich educational experiences and increase employment opportunities in a number of fields. Such skills include: cause and effect analysis, critical evaluation and organization of evidence, document and data base research, development and understanding of analytical frameworks, and organization and synthesis of information all skills essential to solving problems and presenting results.
Internships & Field Studies
The History faculty at Western State Colorado University are always seeking opportunities for their students to do "hands-on" history. Through the reading and discussion of primary sources, engaging in seminars and field trips, and developing projects with local agencies such as the B.L.M. and the Pioneer Museum, History majors gain valuable experience in their field and skills which will serve them well in future careers.
A history major will prepare you for any career which requires you to think, analyze data, work independently and express yourself clearly on paper. History graduates find productive careers in federal and state government, the diplomatic service, libraries and museums, journalism, law, teaching and administration. Many go on to graduate school and academic careers.
Any profession which requires strong analytical reading and writing skills will be well-served by a History degree.
The History and Geography Club and the History Honor Society, Iota Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international historian’s honorary society, are active on campus.
Colorado Statewide Articulation Agreements for Approved Majors:http://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Transfers/Students.html