History at Western is not simply about dates or memorizing names and events.
All around us the past is evident and we interact and struggle with it constantly through memory and stories, commemorations, traditions, restorations and relics. The past tells us who we are, what we value and where we may be going. The study of history brings meaning out of time and helps us to realize the complexity of human affairs from many perspectives.
Our History faculty members share a passion for the past and seek to instill in students not just a love of the discipline but also an understanding of its importance in the world, today and tomorrow.
What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?
All things result from what has come before. Those who study history better understand the past and are prepared for the challenges the present raises both for themselves and their communities. We cannot know what the future holds, but understanding history can increase the number of tools we have to meet whatever may arise.
Such tools include opportunities to grasp the importance of context and complexity, and how cause and effect play out in human affairs. Our many courses create opportunities for heightened cultural awareness and understanding of world affairs.
Beyond the Classroom
Students step outside the classroom to engage with the past and how history represents past events.
Seniors travel to key historical locations, such as the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site and Bent’s Old Fort to study the role of commemoration and memory, as well as historical reenactment.
Students can join one of Western’s oldest academic honors societies, Iota Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. We have also developed a History internship option, most recently with the Crested Butte Heritage Museum. We seek to help students develop historical mindedness, which opens students’ eyes to how much they interact with the past on a day-to-day basis, so the lessons and ideas of the classroom are integrated with their daily lives.
What do you do with a History degree? One option is to each high school and coach football right? In reality, while a history degree from Western prepares you to be an excellent teacher and coach, it also can help you in almost any career.