History

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Bachelor of Arts
Major
School of Arts and Sciences
Four-Year Degree

Overview

Westminster College’s History program is committed to helping you learn to make sense of the past as you study the best published history and make your own. You will learn to ask significant questions, find and critically analyze sources through a variety of lenses, craft valid interpretations of people’s lives and past events, and communicate your findings to a variety of audiences through different formats.

Who It's For

Students in the History program share a passionate curiosity to learn about the past and want to explore history through a variety of sources, perspectives, and lenses.

Key Benefits

  • Small class sizes that allow you to work closely with peers and program faculty
  • Experienced faculty members who offer expertise through innovative courses and diverse teaching styles
  • Opportunities for original research with the ability to present findings through events such as Westminster's Undergraduate Research Conference, the regional and national Phi Alpha Theta history honor society conferences, and professional events like the Western History Association conference
  • Unique learning opportunities locally, across the West, and abroad through Fielding History, the Westminster Expedition, and  May Term Study Experiences
  • 2 semesters of thesis development in your senior year, working closely with your advisor on an original topic of your choice
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About the Program

Westminster’s program is all about learning how to make your own histories. Starting immediately in your introductory courses, you’ll be finding primary sources and figuring out what they tell us about the past. You’ll also have the chance to work with local archives, libraries, historical sites, and museums to learn how we make histories and share them with others.

What You'll Learn

  • Become proficient in traditional and electronic methods of primary historical research
  • Demonstrate the ability to construct valid historical arguments based on original research in primary sources
  • Develop a broad and deep knowledge of global human history
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate historical knowledge creatively and effectively through writing, verbal presentations, and other means
  • Develop skills for critically analyzing evidence, arguments, and conflicting historical interpretations

Plan of Study

You’ll start with classes that introduce you to the skills and methods of history while beginning to build your content knowledge. As you proceed through the program, you will wrestle with more challenging evidence in courses that investigate specific eras and locations.

In your senior year, you will have the opportunity to choose a subject for a 2-semester thesis project, with the ability to present your completed work at conferences, including Westminster's Undergraduate Conference. This in-depth research experience gives you invaluable training for graduate programs and other advanced fields of study, should you choose to pursue them.

Past students have also had the opportunity to expand on their classroom education by simultaneously gaining professional experience working as an intern for organizations like the Utah State Historical Society.

Liberal Education Courses

You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.


Sample Courses

Making History

This course introduces you to skills and methods historians use to research and write history through practical exercises. You will learn how to frame appropriate historical research questions, find sources in archives, interpret historical works, and craft your own historical essays. The skills learned in this course will be fundamental to developing your philosophical and ethical direction and the research and writing you will do in upper-division classes, especially your two-semester thesis sequence.

Latin American History: Revolution in the Americas

This course focuses on Latin American history from Independence (1810) to the contemporary period, focusing on revolution as a “solution” to the chronic instability, poverty, and dependency that plagues Latin American nations. You will follow and share current events in a Latin American country of your choosing, and find, read, discuss, and write about a variety of historical sources from many points of view.

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Career Opportunities

When you graduate from Westminster, you will be prepared for careers in fields and areas such as:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Government service
  • Archival work
  • Libraries
  • Museums

You may also choose to pursue graduate studies in history, law, the ministry, and more.

Potential Careers

The research, analytical, and communication skills you gain at Westminster are widely applicable to a wide variety of careers, such as:

  • Anthropologist
  • Geographer
  • Historian
  • Humanities teacher
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian 
  • Museum conservator
  • Research analyst
  • Secondary school teacher

Student Success

History program graduates have begun careers with companies and organizations such as:

  • The Bountiful City Council
  • Utah Division of State History
  • Military intelligence
  • American Civil Liberties Union

History program graduates have chosen to further their studies at schools such as:

  • University of Colorado
  • Oregon State University
  • Indiana University
  • University of Minnesota
Mikee Ferran
"The two most important things that Westminster offers its history students are small classes where you can really seek out help and learn how to write, which is one of the most critical skills history students need to develop. The second is the introduction to seminar-style courses, with heavy reading loads and a focus on discussion. Graduate school is nothing but seminars, and it was nice to be introduced to the classroom style as an undergraduate. I would highly recommend studying history to anyone looking at majoring in the humanities. History not only teaches you how to read and write well, it emphasizes critical thinking about the world around you. This makes you a successful student and also a marketable applicant to future employers and graduate programs."
Mikee Ferran, University of Utah M.A. Candidate in Comparative Gender and Sexuality (Westminster graduate, 2014)

Other History Programs

If you are majoring in the History program but are interested in pursuing a career in education, you may consider exploring undergraduate School of Education programs to add a teaching major or minor to your undergraduate studies, or the graduate School of Education for a master’s degree program.

The History program also offers a minor.

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Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

Westminster College knows you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. Westminster will work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, Westminster helps you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Learn About Tuition

You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.

In addition to general merit scholarships, there are other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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