History Student Resources

You can earn an undergraduate degree in history as well as specialized training in history education leading to the BSEd. Combining historical studies with other disciplines provides you with a well-rounded background that is increasingly important in many areas of employment. CMU's history teacher education programs provide solid preparation for a rewarding career in education. More than half of CMU's history majors plan to teach. Earning your history degree will also prepare you for graduate study leading to a career in foreign or government service, teaching, research, law, museum, library, or archival work.

Sign a major or minor in history

Central Michigan University offers major and minor programs in history, public history, and history education. Instructions for finding and signing up for your program can be found in the following list.

  1. Education students. If you are a teacher-in-training, pursuing a history major or minor as part of the BSEd degree, you should email Professor Jennifer Quick, who will be your primary academic advisor.
  2. Public history​. If you want to sign a major in public history, you should email Professor Jay Martin or email Professor Brittany Bayless Fremion, both of whom can advise and sign your program.
  3. Everyone else. All other majors and minors in history (BA or BS) should identify a potential advisor by finding a professor whose research or teaching fields match your interests. This site offers full details about faculty fields and research areas, and you can find even more by clicking on the name of individual professors. If you're uncertain about which area of history best fits your interests and plans, please contact the department office for help with finding an advisor or to schedule an appointment with the department chair.​

For other questions regarding advising or signing a major/minor in history, please email the Department of History, World Languages, and Cultures.

History 300/400 registration forms

Below are fillable versions of registration forms for Education program students who wish to enroll in HST 300 or HST 400. Please email completed forms to the Department of History, World Languages, and Cultures. Note: Completed forms must be saved with a different file name, otherwise the form will come through blank.

Study abroad opportunities in History

With comprehensive information about long- and short-term opportunities for international education through CMU, including courses and programs in history, the university's Study Abroad Office is the best place to start learning about where in the world you might take your next history course (or spend your next semester).

Professors Kathy Donohue and Doina Harsanyi​ are the faculty coordinators for study abroad in history and are happy to offer advice or answer questions about foreign-study opportunities related to history. 

History 342 – The Culture of Renaissance Italy and France: The Grand Tour

Study in Rome, Florence, southern France and Paris in a 300-level course led by history professors Doina Harsanyi and Gregory Smith. For more details, email Professor Harsanyi or visit the CMU study abroad website abroad website.​

Phi Alpha Theta and the History Club

Phi Alpha Theta logoCMU's chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society is a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. They seek to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways.

Together with the History Club, Phi Alpha Theta engages in both academic and social activities. Academic activities have included attending national and regional paper conferences and organizing faculty and graduate student research talks. Social events include museum visits, region cultural events and more. The organization’s biggest event is the annual Humanities Ball, a fundraiser whose proceeds go to the Freedom House of Detroit. Members of Phi Alpha Theta are eligible for various history department scholarships and national paper prizes and awards. Moreover, they have the opportunity to interact with history department faculty and students who share a love and pursuit of historical knowledge.

To learn more, email Phi Alpha Theta and the History Club or visit their Facebook Page. Any further questions may be directed to Phi Alpha Theta's faculty advisor at CMU, Professor Brittany Bayless Fremion.

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