Abraham Lincoln's words to Congress reflect the importance of knowing history in order to understand our world.

Your historical studies at Central Michigan University will help you to understand and analyze the development of political, cultural, economic, and social life in past civilizations. You will apply the conceptual skills you gain from your study of the past to the analysis of critical issues in both the present and future.

Understanding the history and culture of economic hot spots around the world is increasingly valuable in this age of global finance, business, and industry.  Combining historical studies with other disciplines provides 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.  A history major at CMU can also prepare you for graduate study leading to a career in foreign or government service, teaching, research, law, museum, library, or archival work.

Our undergraduate degree programs lead to the B.S. or B.A. degree in history or to the B.S. degree in secondary, elementary, or special education. Our courses span the globe and all eras of human experience, with specialists in American history, European history (including British, French, Italian, Russian, and German history), ancient and medieval history, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

For detailed information for majors, minors, and degrees in history, consult CMU's Academic Bulletins page. For other inquiries about undergraduate programs, please contact the department​.

Sign a Major or Minor in History

The Department of History 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 the B.S. in Ed. degree, you should contact 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 contact Professor Jay Martin or Brittany Fremion, both of whom can advise and sign your program.
  3. Everyone Else. All other majors and minors in History (B.A. or B.S.) 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.​

Other questions regarding advising or signing a major/minor in History can be directed to the Department of History Office at: history@cmich.edu

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 history@cmich.edu. Note: Completed forms must be saved with a different file name, otherwise the form will come through blank.

HST 300 Registration Form

HST 400 Registration Form​