History Program

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. 

In Western's History program, students can explore not only the development of the United States and Europe, but also of Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. We offer a wide variety of upper-division electives so students have a lot of flexibility in constructing their major. Our faculty is committed to undergraduate education. We value student engagement in and out of the classroom, and incorporate historical thinking in all our students’ learning experiences.

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.

After Graduation

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. 

Courses

 HIST 101 - WORLD HISTORY TO 1500 GHI1 (3 credits)

A survey of the cultural, political, religious, artistic, technological and philosophical journeys of human beings, from the prehistoric age, the birth of civilization and emergence of agriculture to the establishment of great empires and the impact of the great religious and philosophical revolutions of the ancient and medieval world.

 HIST 102 - WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500 GHI1 (3 credits)

A continuation of HIST 101 and a survey of the transformation of human development as a result of modernization. Students consider the rise and fall of empires and shifting regional influences as a result of the emergence of the transatlantic region. Europe¿s revolutionary transformation and its impact on the world

 HIST 126 - US HISTORY TO 1865 GHI1 (3 credits)

A survey of American history from its European beginnings to the Civil War, providing description and analysis of the historical development of politics, economics, society, and foreign policy. Attention is given to the people and forces that influenced these developments.

 HIST 127 - U.S. HISTORY SINCE 1865 GHI1 (3 credits)

A survey of American history from the Civil War to modern times, providing description and analysis of the major developments and trends in politics, economics, society, and foreign policy. Attention is given to the people and forces that influenced and shaped the American experience.

 HIST 254 - HISTORY OF AFRICA (3 credits)

A survey of sub-Saharan African history from earliest times to the present, with particular emphasis on social, cultural, economic, and political responses to imperialist or other outside influences.

 HIST 309 - HIST MODERN GERMANY:1871-1945 (3 credits)

Examines the cultural and political forces which led to the creation of Germany and then shaped its behavior through two world wars. Topics include the role of nationalism, the failure of liberalism, the causes of racism, and the nature of the Nazi regime. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 311 - MEDIEVAL HISTORY (3 credits)

A study of Europe¿s history and political and religious institutions from the beginning of the reign of Diocletian to the Babylonian Captivity of the Church. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 327 - COLORADO HISTORY (3 credits)

A study of the history of Colorado from prehistoric times to the modern era, emphasizing the Native American and Spaniard, mining, cattle, transportation and farming frontiers, and problems of the 20th century involving water, energy, and growth. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 333 - REVOLTNRY ERA EARLY NTL PERIOD (3 credits)

An examination of the causes of the American Revolution and the development of politics and society during the early Republic. Major topics include the development of political parties, the shift from Jeffersonian to Jacksonian democracy, the burgeoning reform movements, and the status of the yeoman farmer and his family in both northern and southern societies. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 336 - ANTE CIVIL WAR RECONST:1830-77 (3 credits)

A study of the history of the United States during the 19th century, with special attention given to the Civil War, its causes, conflicts, and aftermath. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission.

 HIST 402 - SEMINAR IN HISTORY (3 credits)

A research seminar required for History majors. Focusing on a specified topic within the subject area, participants discuss issues and methods of historical writing and research and apply scholarship skills by writing a research paper or completing an approved appropriate project. History majors should take this course during or after their second semester of the junior year. Students in the Secondary Licensure program must complete a comparative history topic for completion of this course. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing and instructor permission.

Scholarships

Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309.

 Livermore, Charles H. Memorial Scholarship

Available to:
History majors; must have a 3.2 cumulative GPA; must be a full-time junior or senior student having completed 30 credit hours at Western State Colorado University. Scholarship and intellectual inquisitiveness are major considerations.

Provided by:
Family and friends of Dr. Charles Livermore, who was an extraordinary teacher, scholar, and administrator, was a professor of history and chairman of the Social Studies Department at Western State Colorado University.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Donor Scholarship Committee (T.L. Livermore) in cooperation with the Western State Colorado University Foundation.

Application:
Contact the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-7011 - Kelley Hall 240

 Wilson, Robert Glenn, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Available to:
Full-time students who are Colorado residents; must be a sophomore or higher; History major; must have completed 24 credit hours at Western State Colorado University. Financial need will be considered.

Provided by:
Family and friends to memorialize Robert Glenn Wilson, an outstanding example of academic achievement, citizenship, and student growth at Western State Colorado University.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Western State Colorado University History Department.

Application:
Contact the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-7011 - Kelley Hall 240

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Professor of History
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Idaho.
Phone: (970) 943-2161
Office Location: Kelley Hall 206
Professor of History
B.A., University of Northern Colorado; M.A., Ph.D., University of Colorado.
Phone: (970) 943-2076
Office Location: Kelley Hall 224
Professor of History
B.A., University of Saskatchewan; M.A., Flinders University of South Australia; Ph.D., Tulane University.
Phone: (970) 943-7128
Office Location: Kelley Hall 225
Professor of History
B.S., Northern Michigan University; M.A., Ed.D., Oklahoma State University.
Phone: (970) 943-2068
Office Location: Kelley Hall 227